If you like a challenge why not tackle one of Surrey's long distance routes?
North Downs Way National Trail
The North Downs Way National Trail links Farnham with Dover in Kent and offers walkers 153 miles of spectacular scenery, picturesque villages and glorious rolling countryside. Parts of the trail follow the ancient Pilgrims Way that ran from Winchester to Canterbury. Surrey's section of the trail is approximately 53 miles from the trail's start at Farnham to where it crosses into Kent just east of Woldingham.
The North Downs Way trail celebrates 40 years since its designation in 2018 and to mark that we have worked together to provide ten shorter circular or linear routes off the trail along the route in Surrey. See below for downloadable pdfs of circular and linear routes on parts of the North Downs Way in Surrey.
Thames Path National Trail
If you'd like a waterside walk, you might like to try the Surrey section of the Thames Path National Trail as it winds south through Spelthorne by the riverside towns of Sunbury and Laleham, from Staines Bridge to Sunbury-on-Thames. It also winds northward from Staines up to Runnymede and the historic Magna Carta site. The whole route starts in the Cotswolds and ends at the Thames Barrier in London.
Thames Down Link long distance trail
The Thames Down Link is a 15 mile walking route linking the Thames Path National Trail in Kingston with the North Downs Way National Trail at Westhumble. The route links large areas of public open space including the Hogsmill Open Space in Kingston, Horton Country Park Local Nature Reserve in Epsom & Ewell and Ashtead Common National Nature Reserve in Mole Valley.
Greensand Way long distance trail
The Greensand Way is named after the sandstone ridge that runs through Surrey. Pause to enjoy the view from Leith Hill, the highest point in southeast England or take time out to explore the historic houses and village pubs along the route. Starting in Haslemere, the 55 mile Surrey section traverses many of Surrey's hills, to cross into Kent just beyond Limpsfield. The whole route is 108 miles long and ends on the Kentish coast. You will find ten shorter linear linking sections to walk on the Greensand Way webpage.
Downs Link multi-user long distance trail
The Downs Link bridleway runs for 37 miles from the North Downs at St Martha's Hill to the South Downs near Steyning, West Sussex. It follows the route of a disused railway line and it's open to walkers, horse riders and cyclists. Please note that at present, several sections of the Downs Link in West Sussex are temporarily closed. Please see the West Sussex Downs Link Website for details on these closures.
Files available to download
- Silent Pool and St Martha's North Downs Way circular walk (PDF)
6 mile circular route off North Downs Way from Silent Pool near Guildford
- Colley Hill and Reigate Hill North Downs Way circular walk (PDF)
3 mile circular walk Colley and Reigate Hills off North Downs Way
- Discover Gatton North Downs Way circular walk (PDF)
2 mile circular walk Discover Gatton off North Downs Way near Reigate
- Prospects of Polesden North Downs Way circular walk (PDF)
5 mile circular walk off North Downs Way from Ranmore Common
- Ranmore Rail to Ramble North Downs Way circular walk (PDF)
6 mile circular walk off North Downs Way from Boxhill and Westhumble station
- Over the Downs North Downs Way linear walk (PDF)
5 mile linear walk off North Downs Way from Woldingham to Hurst Green station
- Walk the Chalk North Downs Way linear walk (PDF)
7 mile linear walk off North Downs Way from Dorking to Gomshall station
- Puttenham North Downs Way circular walk (PDF)
3.5 mile circular walk off North Downs Way from Puttenham Common
- Mediaeval Waverley North Downs Way circular walk (PDF)
6 mile circular walk near the North Downs Way from Tilford village
- White Downs North Downs Way circular walk (PDF)
2 mile circular walk off North Downs Way near Abinger Hammer