Walks in Surrey’s own winter wonderland

Enjoy a family walk this Christmas

During the cold, dark days of winter it's easy to forget to enjoy the crisp, cold frosty mornings and array of wildlife on our doorstep.

An early morning walk or cycle ride in Surrey's countryside is great for our health and wellbeing. For those wanting to explore the countryside with family and friends, here's some of our suggestions on where to walk this winter.

Leith Hill

A well-known and well-loved high spot in the Surrey Hills, with glorious views to the Greensand Ridge and onwards to the south coast.

The Greensand Way long distance trail goes right past the Tower on its way from Haslemere to Ham Street in Kent. The Surrey part of the route is split into ten sections of linear walks of between three and seven miles. See more details on the Leith Hill web page.

Admire the views across the Punch Bowl or venture a bit further and discover the stunning scenery at Gibbet Hill. Gibbet Hill is the second highest point in Surrey with views across the Weald. Read more on the Hindhead Commons and Devils' Punchbowl web page.

Coley Hill and Reigate Hill

Allow one and half hours for this three-mile (4.5km) circular walk around a well-known beauty spot on the North Downs Way. You'll pass many places of interest including National Trust's Reigate Fort. You might also spot Belted Galloway cattle grazing on the open land, so be sure to keep dogs under control. Take a look at the Explore Surrey route.

Prospects of Polesden

A five-mile (eight kilometre) circular walk from Ranmore Common in the Surrey Hills, through part of the National Trust estate of Polesden Lacey. If you're feeling peckish, you can stop in Polesden Lacey's café for a bite to eat or drink. For more details take a look at the Prospects of Polesden map and directions.

If you're still looking for a walk near you, take a look on the Explore Surrey web page to find something that suits you this winter.

We'd love to see your photos when you're out and about exploring nature, so please share them on social media using #ExploreSurreyThisWinter.

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