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Explore Surrey safely this Summer

Published: 24 July 2020

Explore Surrey's countryside this Summer and go on walks

Helping you make the most of Surrey's countryside

Now that lockdown rules are slightly more relaxed, you may be looking for pockets of Surrey's countryside that you can explore safely, and navigate easily while maintaining social distancing. Not to worry we've got you covered. We've avoided the busy routes and chosen a few countryside walks scattered around the county so that you can make the most of the great outdoor space that Surrey has to offer. If you are taking a picnic on your walk please can we ask that if the bins are full you take your rubbish with you.

North, south, east or west ?

Friday Street Hammer

Popular with families this is an easy to moderate, circular walk near Abinger. With great views and lovely features that include a river, hammer ponds, mills, farms and beautiful old churches, this walk is a perfect combination of open landscapes, village landmarks and woodland. Friday Street Hammer walk here.

Witley Trees and Commons

Ever explored the historic village of Witley? Now's your chance on this circular walk that takes you through the village and onto beautiful rolling farmland and heathland. Walking boots may be needed in case it's muddy but fingers crossed for sunny days ahead. Witley Trees and Commons walk here.

Sidney Wood and the Lost Canal

Used for walking, running, strolling and nature walks, this walk is a lovely mix of woodland and old parkland. The southern end of the route also opens up to a long stretch of the beautiful old Wey and Arun Canal which makes for a great lunch spot, and a chance to take in the natural surroundings. Sidney Wood and the Lost Canal walk here.

Reigate Mills and Pillboxes

An enjoyable circular walk with brilliant views as you approach the North Downs Way and pretty features dotted about the route - look out for Reigate Heath windmill, Wonham Mill and pillboxes which were built during the second world war.Reigate Mills and Pillboxes walk here

Hogsmill River Trails - part one and two

Prefer to go at your own pace when walking? This walk is peaceful, great for bird watching, suits all abilities and follows the course of the Hogsmill River in two parts. The first part of the trail takes you along the river from Ewell West Rail station to Malden Manor station, and the second part of the trail from Malden Manor station continues along the river ending at Kingston station.

The benefit of two parts means that if you're not keen on doing the full trail you can pick whichever part is convenient for you. Expect gorgeous lake views, nature in all its element and a few ideal picnic spots. Hogsmill River Trails – part one and two walks here

To discover all these self guided walks including maps and directions for the routes, check out the county council's collection of Explore Surrey walks.

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