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Forest & Countryside Walks

Forest & Countryside Walks

Walking

Whether you're a serious hiker, leisure walker, seeking an active family holiday or just wanting to get away from it all, the comprehensive range of self-led or guided walking holidays and tour operators based in South East England can offer something for everyone.

South East England’s beautiful and diverse landscape can take you from spectacular coastal walks through lush green rolling countryside to hiking through heritage-rich villages and historical towns. Discover for yourself the New Forest ponies, charming Oxfordshire Cotswold villages, and long distance walking routes perfect for walking holidays.

Top Ten Walks in South East England

  • Arlington Bluebell Walk, East Sussex.
    Open only in the spring at the height of Bluebell season, immerse yourself in a colourful trail of flora and fauna. There's a walk of 2.5 miles and wheelchair accessible 1100m route with mobility scooters available to hire.
     
  • Thames Path National Trail.
    A long distance walking route covering 184 miles of the UK's best known river, passing beautiful towns, water meadows and famous landmarks.
     
  • White Cliffs of Dover, Kent.
    Discover one of the UK's most iconic natural features and head east of Dover to take in South Foreland Lighthouse and Deal Castle.
     
  • Jane Austen Circular Walk, Hampshire.
    Starting at Jane Austen's house in Chawton, this 4.5 mile walk takes in the countryside that inspired many of her novels.
     
  • Coastal Culture Trail, Eastbourne to Hastings.
    Experience a weekend of culture by the sea in this route that connects three award-winning art galleries, lovely restaurants and hidden cultural gems.
     
  • Walk the Landscape, Oxfordshire.
    For walking holidays of Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds, including guided and self guided tours.
     
  • Seven Sisters, East Sussex.
    Part of the South Downs Way, this stretch of coastline has featured in many TV shows and adverts. The breathtaking views make it clear why the sisters have become so recognisable.
     
  • Leith Hill, Surrey.
    The second highest point in South East England is worth the climb for its amazing views. Beautifully maintained by the National Trust.
     
  • Devil's Dyke & Ditchling Beacon, Brighton.
    Grouped together as a couple of genuine high-points of the South Downs, in all respects! Enjoy a countryside picnic in beautiful scenery. It's well worth the effort to do both on the same day.
     
  • Saxon Shore Way, Kent & East Sussex.
    Stretching some 160 miles from Gravesend to Hastings, The Saxon Shore Way takes its name from the line of fortifications built by the Romans to defend the Kent coastline.

Coastal walks and walking holidays

Click the 'map view' button or browse the list below for a selection of companies that organise self-led hikes or guided walking holidays, tours, paths and national trails, for individuals and groups, in South East England.

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  1. Add Winkworth Arboretum to your Itinerary

    Winkworth Arboretum

    Type

    Garden

    Location

    Godalming

    Established in the twentieth century, this hillside arboretum has now been maintained by the National Trust for 60 years and has built up a collection of more than 1,000 different shrubs and trees, many of them rare.

  2. Add South East England Tourist Guides Association to your Itinerary

    South East England Tourist Guides Association

    Type

    Sightseeing

    Discover the real South East England. Blue or Green Badge Guides who each have an unrivalled knowledge of the region and take pride in helping visitors explore its unique heritage.

  3. Add Bill Spectre's Ghost Trails to your Itinerary

    Bill Spectre's Ghost Trails

    Type

    Walking Tour

    Location

    Oxford

    You are hereby cordially invited to join a theatrical Ghost tour! 'Extra Trails at Halloween.'

  4. Add Devil's Dyke to your Itinerary

    Devil's Dyke

    Type

    Historic Site

    Location

    Brighton

    A legendary beauty spot on the South Downs

    Devil’s Dyke, just five miles north of Brighton, offers stunning panoramas, a record breaking valley, a curious history and England’s most colourful habitat.

    At nearly a mile long, the Dyke valley is the longest, deepest and widest 'dry valley' in...

  5. Coastal Culture Trail

    Type

    Walking Tour

    The Coastal Culture Trail joins Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, and Towner in Eastbourne. The three award-winning galleries share a stunning 20 mile stretch of East Sussex coastline.

  6. Add Treasure Trails Hampshire to your Itinerary

    Treasure Trails Hampshire

    Type

    Trips & Tours

    Location

    Winchester

    Children love them and they are a fun way to get the whole family, young and old, out and about in the fresh air exploring together. Our Trails are for children of all ages, from 5 to 85!

  7. Add See Southampton to your Itinerary

    See Southampton

    Type

    Walking

    Location

    Southampton

  8. Add Arlington Bluebell Walk & Farm Trail to your Itinerary

    Arlington Bluebell Walk & Farm Trail

    Type

    Nature Reserve

    Location

    Arlington

    Enjoy vistas of bluebells in 23 acres of ancient woodland. Walks and trails through three farms. Countryside exhibition. One walk is wheelchair friendly.

  9. Add Mariners Hill to your Itinerary

    Mariners Hill

    Type

    Natural Feature

    Location

    Edenbridge

    Far from the sea, but still a great view


    Mariners Hill is much enjoyed by local people and dog walkers, who value its tranquil walks and excellent panoramic views of the Weald.

    The wildlife in the area includes many native birds and an array of dead-wood invertebrates. The hill has...

  10. Add Jane Austen circular walk to your Itinerary

    Jane Austen circular walk

    Type

    Walking

    Location

    Chawton

    Come and discover the beautiful countryside that inspired Jane Austen and take a peek inside her house where she lived and worked for 8 years.