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Winter walks in Surrey

Published: 29 November 2021

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Exploring Surrey's countryside couldn't be easier

Even in winter Surrey is a beautiful place to get out and about in the fresh air. We've got a selection of our top five winter walks for you to try so why not head outdoors, hat, scarf and gloves firmly on, and explore Surrey? It's a great excuse to enjoy a seasonal walk with friends, family or that four-legged companion, and great for your health and wellbeing too.

So, pick a walk and plan for a beautiful day out!

Thames Down Link

The Thames Down Link is a 15 mile walking route and connects the Thames Path at Kingston upon Thames and the North Downs Way at Westhumble. The route is mainly flat, but not entirely accessible to wheelchairs and buggies. You'll pass beautiful woodlands and open landscapes at Box Hill and Epsom Common, and winding waterways at the River Mole and the River Thames.

Inspiring Views Trail

Expect stunning viewpoints, beautiful trails and open grassland as you journey through the peaceful Surrey Hills with this walk starting at Winterfold Donkins car park. This circular 5.5 mile Inspiring Views walk, which celebrates the Inspiring Views art project can be muddy, challenging and steep at times, so good boots will come in handy. But don't let that stop you as the outstanding views are especially pretty this time of year.

Basingstoke Canal Towpath

Part of the 32-mile Basingstoke Canal, this lovely route from Woodham Junction at New Haw to Pirbright Bridge is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. If you enjoy a waterside walk in winter or even a waterside cycle, then this Surrey favourite is a must.

North Downs Way circular routes

Offering picturesque villages and remarkable scenery, this famous trail follows the ancient Pilgrims Way and links Farnham with the White Cliffs of Dover. There are ten circular routes that go off-trail in Surrey and are perfect for those who want to explore different parts of the county, whilst experiencing all that the North Downs Way has to offer. Bear in mind that as this national trail is mostly on chalk, it can be slippery during winter months. More details about the trail can be found on the National Trails website.

Elstead Common

Looking for an easy festive walk with family, friends or a four-legged companion? Look no further, this 4.5 mile easy access walk in Elstead Common is generally flat with the first mile stretch perfect for pushchairs, disability buggies and wheelchairs. The Common is a great destination to explore with lots of woodland, open areas of heath and a few ponds and pretty streams to enjoy.

Find plenty more to explore

Check out the Explore Surrey website to find the maps and directions for all these walks and more, or download the AllTrails app to get the Explore Surrey collection of walks on your phone.

The Surrey Hills: your place, your voice

The Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a nationally important landscape, something everyone living in the area should be proud of. There is now a formal review underway by Natural England to decide whether other areas near to the existing boundary should also be included in the Surrey Hills. To have your say, visit the Surrey Hills boundary review web page.

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