Best walks near London: Beautiful day hikes you can do from the capital

Best walks near London: Beautiful day hikes you can do from the capital

If you haven’t already realised, hiking is a thing - just ask the fashion set.

Everyone and their dog are doing it and it’s a truly great form of exercise, plus you can get those pretty scenic shots for the ‘gram on the way.

So we’ve rounded up the best hikes you can do on a day trip from London. 

1. Seaford To Eastbourne, 13.8 miles

This stunning cliff-top hike along the Seven Sisters includes views of Beachy Head, Cuckmere Haven river valley and finishes in the seaside town of Eastbourne. How to get there: Trains from London Victoria to Seaford take around 90 minutes. Time it will take: Three hours for transport and seven hours for the hike. 2. Ockley To Leith Hill, 7 miles If you’re after some ridiculously beautiful views then this is the hike for you. Climbing to the highest point in the south east, you will go through green meadows and past gorgeous old cottages. On a clear day from the top of the tower you can see the clock face on Big Ben and the English Channel. How to get there: Trains from London Victoria take about 65 minutes. Time it will take: Two hours for the transport and around four hours for the hike. 3. Henley via Stonor, 13.6 miles Sitting on the edge of the Chiltern Hills, this hike is a charming mix of hidden valleys, woodland and farmland – and includes a pub stop along the way. How to get there: Trains run hourly between London Paddington and Henley station. Time it will take: Three hours for transport and seven hours for the hike or four hours for the 8.8 mile alternative. 4. Hampstead Heath, 6.5 miles (Unsplash) One you don’t even need to jump on the overground for, this hike begins and ends at Hampstead underground station on the Northern Line. It explores some of London’s best-loved places, passing by Highgate Cemetery and stopping on the top of Parliament Hill.   How to get there: Take the Northern Line up to Hampstead. Time it will take: Around three hours. 5. Mole Gap Trail, 6 miles What’s better than hiking? Wine and hiking. Walking from Leatherhead to Dorking in Surrey, following the route of the River Mole you’ll pass an 18th century manor house and the largest vineyard in the country – so pop in for a tasting. How to get there: The walk begins at Leatherhead rail station and ends at Dorking rail station. Trains from London Victoria take around 45 minutes. Time it will take: Four and a half hours including transport, excluding potential wine tastings and pub visits. 6. Chess Valley Walk, 10 miles If you’re after historical landmarks, this is the walk for you. A walk through Chess Valley includes passing by the 1,000-year-old town of Rickmansworth and past one of the oldest schools in the country. It is also teeming with quintessential British wildlife. How to get there: Both stations are found on the Metropolitan line, you can start at one and finish at the other. Time it will take: Around five to six hours. 7. Hastings Circular, 5.9 miles Located in East Sussex, this hike begins in Hastings Old Town and then takes you along the seafront at Rock-A-Nore before embarking on a cliff-top coastal walk. How to get there: Two trains per hour run to Hastings station from Charing Cross – with just one per hour on Sundays. Time it will take: Three hours for the walk and three for transport. 8. Oxted circular walk, 12 miles The perfect summer walk, most of this hike is located on the wooded Greensand hills with a number of pubs to choose from for lunch. How to get there: Trains to Oxted run from Victoria every half an hour. Time it will take: Five hours for the walk, one hour for transport. More about: | Hikes | Hiking trails | London hikes