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Whether you're a serious hiker or just wanting to stretch your legs, the South East offers a disverse range of walks to enjoy.  With endless discoveries to make along the way, head out on foot for some fresh air and exercise and enjoy some of the 3 million acres of natural beauty in South East England.

The Countryside CodeWe encouage you to continue to enjoy the countryside at every opportunity; it is so good for well being. However, whilst you are out and about remember to follow the Countryside Code.  RESPECT - PROTECT - ENJOY. This code contains advice for the public and landowners, making it easier for visitors to help respect, protect and enjoy the outdoors. 

Top Walks in South East England

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.

A long distance walking route covering 184 miles along the UK's best known river.  This national trail stretches from the source of the River Thames in the Cotswold's to the sea, passing beautiful towns, water meadows and famous landmarks along the way.   If this is a bit long for you why not try some of the smaller sections of the route including Marlow to Henley (8.5 miles) or explore one of the 12 walks along different parts of the trail.

This four and a half mile walk takes in the famous Battle Abbey and the 1066 Battlefield, the most famous conflict on English soil.

This 100 mile national trail runs from Winchester in Hampshire to Eastbourne in Sussex and has a ascent to 3,800km.  The trail runs entirely within the South Downs National Park (SDNP).  To long?  There are numerous shorter walks in and around Winchester accessing the South Downs National Park, or enjoy the coastal walk from Eastbourne to Alfriston (17.5 miles) for walkers only.

The coastal path can be spilt into 6 sections and takes you the whole way around the Isle of Wight.  Walks range from 8 - 16 miles and includes incredible scenery and views a plenty.

Showcasing 10 walks in and around Brighton and Sussex, you can experience the beautiful views from Devils Dyke or Ditchling Beacon, explore Brighton's largest park Stanmer Park, or follow in the footsteps of Winnie-the-Pooh at Ashdown Forest.  With a whole host of options from 1 mile up, its a great way to explore the beautiful Sussex countryside.

A 3km walk along the promenade in Portsmouth starts near Clarence Pier and finishes at The Hard, linking many of the cities historic attractions and taking in the Camber, Old Portsmouth and Gunwharf Quays.  The route is indicated by a chain motif set into the surface of the pavement making it easy to follow.

Starting at Jane Austen's house in Chawton, this 4.5 mile walk takes in the countryside that inspired many of her novels.

Britian's second longest signposted walking trail of 615 miles, starting in Worcester and finishing in Shoreham by Sea. Dont want to walk it all, then try a shorter section from Arundel to Shoreham by Sea.

This 18 mile coastal trail along a stretch of the East Sussex coastline, connects three award-winning art galleries along the way, the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne, the De La Warr Pavillion and the Hastings Contemporary.

This 153 mile path stretches from Farnham in Surrey to Dover in Kent, and runs along a chalf ridge of the North Downs, an Area of Outstanding National Beauty (ANOB)

This 3km waterfront trail links Explosions! The Museum of Naval Firepower with the Royal Navy Submarine Museum and offers panoramic views over Portsmouth Harbour. 

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.

You don't always have to travel right out into the countryside to walk, there are some fantastic places to explore in our towns.  Windsor and its surrounding area benefits from some beautiful large open spaces, the River Thames and Dorney Lake Arboretum to head out and enjoy some fresh air and walks.

The 21 mile long-distance footpath starts in the beautiful village of Alton (at the railway station) and follows the steep, densely wooded East Hampshire Hangers (a series of steep sided wooded hills) to the market town of Petersfield, then onto Queen Elizabeth Country Park.  The trail can be easily divided up into bite-size sections of around two & four miles, making it ideal for a family adventure or an afternoon stroll.

Part of one of the world’s most famous pilgrimage routes, the Camino Ingles to Santiago de Compostela in north west Spain.  The English leg of the pilgrim route, dates back to medieval times & starts at St James’ Church in central Reading and then heads to Basingstoke, Winchester and Southampton - 66 miles.

Walking is a great way to discover a new place, to feel part of the place you are visiting and they don't always need to be in the countryside.  Discover five walks in and around the city of Southampton, from the chance to walk the historic Southampton walls to a 45 min walk on a titantic tour.

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. Cobtree Manor Park

    AYLESFORD

    Cobtree Manor Park has over 50 acres of parkland displaying a diverse and maturing collection of trees and shrubs. The Park features a themed play area, along with a sculpture trail, plenty of space for picnics, and a visitor centre and café serving…

  2. VisitOxfordTours.com

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    Sightseeing

    Oxford

    I Love Oxford Tours runs a variety of sightseeing guided tours plus social events and activities in Oxford city. These include general guided walking tours plus themed tours, each of which has its own respective websites (see above). This includes a

  3. Stockbridge Down Wildlife and History Walk

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    Nature Trail / Watching

    Stockbridge

    Explore this isolated island of characteristic chalk downland set in a sea of intensively farmed land.

  4. Harewoods and Sandhills

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    Natural Feature

    Redhill

    Hidden woodlands, lush green meadows, tranquil ponds and an ancient common

  5. Thames Path National Trail

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    Walking Tour

    Oxford

    On its way the Trail passes through peaceful water meadows rich in wildlife, historic towns and cities such as Oxford, Henley and Windsor, many lovely villages and some of the best known landmarks of London.

  6. Hello Dorking

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    Town

    A hidden gem in the heart of the Surrey Hills, Dorking loved by all who hike its hills, shop its quirky, independent shops, and partake in its locally sourced farm-to-fork restaurants and cafes. Hello Dorking brings you all the latest news and buzz…

  7. City Sightseeing

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    Trips & Tours

    Oxford

    Open top bus tours of Oxford and the Historic University. Tickets valid all day. All major sights covered. Live guides.

  8. Riverside Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Gillingham

    Riverside Country Park is an excellent site for Winter birdwatching.
    Situated alongside the Medway Estuary at Gillingham, the park is made up of many different habitats, including ponds, reedbed and grassland.

  9. Warnham Nature Reserve

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    Nature Reserve

    Horsham

    A haven of peace and beauty within a mile of Horsham, this 92 acre site offers a 17 acre millpond, reedbeds and woodlands which are rich in flora, dragonflies and birdlife. Includes a visitor centre, cafe, two bird hides and free parking.

  10. South East England Tourist Guides Association

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    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.

  11. Capstone Farm Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Gillingham

    Capstone Farm Country Park is one of Medway's finest green spaces, offering wonderful opportunities for walking, running, cycling and more in 114 hectares of former farmland on the North Downs.

  12. Watlington Hill

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    Nature Trail / Watching

    Watlington

    Discover an Oxfordshire dreamscape as you walk to the top of Watlington Hill, where you will find breathtaking views and fine wildlife all year round.

  13. South Downs National Park

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    National Park

    The South Downs, now a newly designated National Park are accessible from Worthing. The South Downs Way runs from Winchester to Eastbourne and can be accessed at several points around Worthing or Adur.

  14. Jane Austen Circular Walk

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    Walking

    Chawton

    A 4.5-mile circular walk in the heart of Jane Austen country. Start at Jane Austen's House in Chawton and follow in her footsteps across fields and through the village of Farringdon. Jane was inspired by this beautiful countryside to write and…

  15. Edward Thomas circular walk

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    Walking Tour

    Steep near Petersfield

    A 4 mile circular walk with stunning views of the South Downs

  16. Coast and Country Rambles Limited

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    Walking

    Faversham

    Coast and Country Rambles offer tailor made, self-guided walking breaks in the glorious county of Kent. You decide what you’d like to see, how far you’d like to walk and Lisa will organise everything for you to enjoy a hassle-free break!

  17. Mystery Guide Treasure Hunt Adventures!

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    Walking Tour

    Mystery Guides are interactive, history-themed adventure books, that turn historic city streets into exciting outdoor adventures! Solve the clues, unravel the story, and unmask some of history’s most fiendish villains!

  18. Thame

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    Town

    THAME

    Thame, a thriving market town at the foot of the Chiltern Hills, is just 14 miles from Oxford. Its historic centre has a vibrant High Street; host regular events – from festivals to traditional market days; and features in Midsomer Murders

  19. Lakeside Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Eastleigh

    Sixty acres of lakes, meadow and young woodland situated between Eastleigh and Southampton with easy access.

  20. Arlington Bluebell Walk & Farm Trail

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    Nature Reserve

    Arlington

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

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