The thought of walking in the English countryside provokes ideas of tweed jackets, beautiful surroundings and breathtaking views. Now, although the tweed jackets might be a slight exaggeration, the rest is not. So many people come to the UK to visit London and experience city life, but why not come to visit the countryside and enjoy all it has to offer – plus the air is much fresher! Surrey offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK and these three walks are more than worthy of you sticking on those walking boots and exploring.
Walk through a purple carpet of flowers at The Devil’s Punch Bowl
Situated only 25 km from Guildford, approx 16 mi, The Devil’s Punchbowl is renowned for its breathtaking views and carpet of purple flowers. A true English gem, The Devil’s Punchbowl is ideal for those wanting to enjoy a brisk walk or a more intense hike. Various picnic areas are scattered throughout, but if your fancy treating yourself to something more special, The Devil’s Punchbowl Café offers an array of delicious homemade meals and cakes – who could say no to a traditional cream tea.
From experience, I would recommend a good few hours to really explore, but it really depends on what type of walk you are after. I guarantee no matter what length of walk you choose, the views will never fail to disappoint.
Explore the Southdowns National Park, Amberley
Covering over 100 miles, the Southdowns National Park stretches from Winchester to Eastbourne. Abundant with English beauty, the Southdowns National Park has an extensive choice of walking trails – depending on your location of course.
Personally, I would recommend exploring the Southdowns National Park at Amberley. Located 45 km, approx. 28 mi from Guildford, Amberley is best reached by car or train. With outstanding views for miles, this particular area is perfect for hikers and cyclists. With a choice of flat fields to graze across or steep hills to climb, the Southdowns at Amberley should be high on your English Bucket list.
After enjoying a stroll through beautiful scenery, I would strongly recommend stopping off at one of the many village pubs in Amberley for traditional English pub grub.
Walk through a fairy-tale woodland at Waggoners Wells
Located 16 mi, approx. 25 km from Guildford, Waggoners Wells is overwhelmed with English charm and beauty. With several man-made ponds, wishing wells and delicate bridges, Waggoner’s Wells is what you read about in fairy tales. Although there are no specific walking trails, it is easy enough to find your way around. However, I will point out that there are some very steep areas so make sure you have sensible shoes on – words from the wise.
From experience, visiting during the months of autumn is best. The trees turn a beautiful shade of gold and the ducks come rushing over in hope of food, (so maybe take some bread).
Turn your travels into a walking expedition
Mountains, temples and volcanoes (and whatever else you can think of) are stunning and are always common amongst travellers. But what about enjoying the simpler things in life? No one can deny they don’t enjoy a brisk walk and getting out into nature now can they?
The UK has some outstanding scenery and has some of the best country walks around. I cannot stress enough how beautiful Surrey walks can be. Add it to your bucket list and you can see for yourself.
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