20 winter walks in Surrey
Winter is a great time to wrap up warm, throw on some wellies and head out for an invigorating walk. Here our pick of 20 fab walks in Surrey.
Dapdune Wharf to Cartbridge Wharf, Guildford (8km to 17.5km)
If you’re feeling energetic and fancy a five-hour out-and-back you could tackle the full version of this walk. Or alternatively go as far as you fancy, then turn back and retrace the route. It follows the towpath along the boundary of Sutton Place and passes Stoke Mill, the home of the Surrey Advertiser. View the walk here.
Headley Heath Circuit, near Epsom (6.6km)
A dog friendly walk, this circuit will take you through open heathland, woodland and chalk downland. It can be a bit uneven in places. Park in the main Headley Heath car park. View the walk here.
Polesden Lacey to Denbies Hillside, near Dorking (8km)
A gentle circular route that follows the rough tracks from Polesden Lacey across Ranmore Common to Denbies Hillside. It takes you through some beautiful ancient woodland and offers up stunning views at Denbies Hillside. Dogs welcome. View the walk here.
Weybridge to New Haw Loch, Weybridge (8km)
An easy 8km walk that follows the route of the last commercial barges on the Wey Navigations. It starts and ends in Thames Street, Weybridge. Much of the walk is along the towpath, so largely flat and easy. Dogs on leads are welcome along the entire towpath. View the walk here.
Virginia Water Lake, Englefield Green (7km)
A classic circular walk that takes you around the lake. Start at the Savill Garden and along the way you’ll take in the impressive heights of the Cascade waterfalls and the ancient Leptis Magna ruins. It’s an easy walk and dogs are welcome. View the walk here.
Leith Hill woodland walk, Coldharbour (4km)
Take in panoramic views from Leith Hill tower – the highest point in south-east England – and discover the countryside surrounding composer Ralph Vaughan Williams’ former childhood home. On a clear day from the top you’ll get stunning views towards London in the north and the English Channel in the south. View the walk here.
Winkworth to Oakhurst, near Godalming (4km)
A beautiful wooded walk connecting three National Trust properties. Start at Winkworth Aboretum, head over Hydon’s Ball and finish at Oakhust Cottage. You’ll have to pre-book tickets for Winkworth and Oakhurst Cottage is currently closed, but there’s a lot to take in and the arboretum is beautiful. Dogs are welcome. View the walk here.
Chobham Common, Chobham (5.3km)
A circular walk around Chobham Common, the largest National Nature Reserve in the south east of England and a wonderful example of lowland heath. It follows the paths through the length of the common, and is a great walk for dogs who love to run, explore and paddle. View the walk here.
Chilworth Walk, near Guildford (8km)
This a beautiful countryside walk takes you up to the historic St Martha’s Church which has lovely views out over the Surrey Hills. You’ll pass through lanes and through undulating fields and will get a view of Guildford Cathedral across the fields. It’s a circular walk, and moderately strenuous, that starts and ends at the Percy Arms pub. View the walk here.
Banstead Woods, Banstead (4.7km)
This circular walk will take you through 250 acres of beautiful ancient woodlands. It’s also a great spot for taking the dogs, and if you have kids – keep an eye out for the Narnia Trail. Pack the wellies though, it can get pretty muddy. View the walk here.
Abinger Trail, Abinger Hammer (3.5km)
A heritage trail that takes in the pretty village of Abinger Hammer as well as the surrounding countryside and fields. It starts in the centre of Abinger Hammer Village (there’s a small village car park) and takes in the sites of former mills and historic houses. View the walk here.
Whitehall to Mickleham village, near Dorking (6.2km)
This walk is mostly through woodland, but you’ll also get lovely views of Box Hill and Leith Hill, plus it takes you past the church in Mickleham. It’s a circular walk – with a few hilly bits – that starts and ends at the Cockshot National Trust car park. View the walk here.
The Long Walk, Windsor (6km)
The world’s largest occupied castle as a backdrop, stonking parkland and the impressive Copper Horse statue of mad King George III on horseback. It’s an easy stroll that follows in the footsteps of Kings and Queens. This is a dead straight leisurely stroll down the tree-lined drive and back again. What it lacks in map-reading it makes up for in regal splendour. It’s a 5-mile round trip from Windsor Castle’s Cambridge Gate up to the Copper Horse and back again (you can dip out anytime). No bikes, no cars just you, deer and Her Maj keeping an eye from her windows. View the walk here.
Reigate Hill, Reigate (5.3km)
An exhilarating walk through grasslands and wooded areas with lovely views across the Weald towards the South Downs. The walk takes you past entrance to Reigate Fort, which you can also explore. There are some hills involved. View the walk here.
Frensham Pond, near Farnham (2.5km)
The Great Pond Circular takes you around Frensham Pond and part of the surrounding heathland. There’s plenty of wildlife to be seen, if you’re lucky including ducks, coots and bitterns. View the walk here.
Wootton Trail, near Dorking (5km)
This heritage trail takes in the sprawling wooded paths around Wotton House Country Estate. Explore the historic milling hamlets and garden features of the area, including the ornamental cascade at Broadmoor, taking in the scenic countryside, woodland and millponds along the way. It starts and ends at the Wootton Hatch pub. View the walk here.
Limpsfield Common, near Oxted (1.2km)
A lovely walk when the bluebells are in bloom, so if your’e lucky you might catch the last of them before their heads finally droop. It’s a nice easy trail – so a good one if you have little’uns who can’t walk too far. It’s also dog friendly. View the walk here.
River Mole, Esher (5.5km)
This woodland walk starts by the Prince of Wales pond near Esher, and takes you on a wild ramble along the River Mole and then over beech- and pine-clad hills. It takes in all six ponds of this part of Esher Common. View the walk here.
Outwood Common, Harewoods (4km)
This easy walk takes you through open farmland and shady woodland – and if you’re lucky you might even spot a deer. It starts at the Outwood Common car park, near the quintessentially English village cricket pitch. View the walk here.
Staffhurst Wood, Limpsfield (3km)
An easy circular walk that explores this beautiful old woodland. It’s a popular spot for families and dog walkers, but can get muddy in the wet winter months – so pack your wellies. The walk starts and ends at the free St Silvan’s car park (Staffhurst Wood Road, Limpsfield). View the walk here.
Can you recommend a lovely local walk we haven’t mentioned? Please do – the comment box below is all yours!