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Exploring Surrey’s countryside couldn’t be easier

Published: 26 November 2020

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Winter walks in Surrey

This winter it's more important than ever to keep spirits high and what better way than with a lovely walk in the Surrey countryside? We've put together a selection of walks to help you escape those lockdown blues. So, pick a walk and plan for a beautiful day out! Just remember to wrap up warm, stay safe and keep to social distancing regulations.

While you're out, you might just come across something that really makes you smile. It's been a tough year, so we thought it would be a nice idea to capture some of those smile inducing moments and share them around. If you see something on your walk that makes you happy, take a moment to snap a picture. It can be anything - a tree, some flowers, a mischievous pet in a muddy ditch. If it makes you smile, we guarantee it will make others smile too. So, once you've finished enjoying your lovely walk, join us on Instagram and help spread more smiles by tagging us @SurreyCountyCouncil and use our #SurreySmile hashtag.

Thames Down Link

This 15 mile walking route 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. The Thames Down link route is now available on Google Maps or visit the Thames Down Link web page for more details.

Inspiring Views Trail

Expect stunning viewpoints, beautiful trails and open grassland as you journey through the peaceful Surrey Hills. This circular 5.5 mile 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. More information and related routes can be found on the Surrey Hills website.

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. Visit our canals and rivers web page for more details and routes.

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. For full trail itineraries, visit 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 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. Visit our self guided walks web page for more information.

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 sent straight to your phone.

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