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Best trails in Surrey

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Trying to find the best Surrey trails? AllTrails has 330 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Guildford, Dorking or Godalming, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 188 moderate trails in Surrey ranging from 1.7 to 149.8 miles and from 32 to 1,079 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Box Hill, Lodge Hill and Juniper Hill Circular
Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 4 h
This walk is a mix of easy and hard areas. It takes you down into the valley and back up again. Some of the walk is through woods and open fields. There are paths going in different directions and up and down steps. There is also a pub for food or drink, if needed. Show more
#2 - Silent Pool and Saint Martha's Hill Circular
Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
A circular walk in the Surrey Hills, visiting a number of popular attractions including Silent Pool, a stretch of the North Downs Way, Newlands Corner and St Martha's Hill and offering superb views. This walk is published through a collaboration with the Surrey County Council. The walk has several climbs and descents throughout, including a steep climb up to the top of the North Downs. Several of the paths can be muddy and some of the chalk slopes can be very slippery when wet so good boots are a must (or wellingtons with grips in the winter months). You will need to negotiate some steps, one kissing gate and two stiles (both of which have open fence surrounds for dogs to pass through). There is just one field, at the end, that may be holding livestock with the rest of the route following paths through heath and woodland. The route crosses two busy roads so take particular care at these points. Allow 3 hours. There are public toilets and refreshment available at Newlands Corner (waypoint 2). Albury Vineyard is located alongside the car park at the start and end of the walk and offers wine tasting on most Saturdays (check the vineyard website for details). Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 145 Guildford and Farnham. This walk follows public footpaths and bridleways which cross private and public land. Information is included for your interest, but please respect people's privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.Show more
#3 - Mole Gap Trail
Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 10 m
Take the train for a wonderful day out in some of the most beautiful countryside in the south east. The Mole Gap Trail offers the opportunity to visit two historic market towns and the outstanding countryside of the Mole Gap, including England's largest vineyard. You will discover a river that has carved a route through the chalk of the North Downs, some of the best ancient yew and box woodlands in Europe and historic parkland that has inspired famous writers and artists through the centuries. Step off the train at Leatherhead Station and you will soon pick up the silver metal arrows that will guide you along this walk to Dorking. This walk is published through a collaboration with the Surrey County Council. The walk has a few gentle gradients throughout plus one short steep climb. The paths through parkland and woodland can get muddy so stout footwear is required. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates and some steps but there are no stiles on route. Whilst most of the paths are fenced, a couple of sections cross fields/parkland where you might come across livestock, so take particular care with dogs. On rare occasions the riverside paths can flood, so avoid this walk after prolonged heavy periods of rain. Allow 3 hours. If you are looking for refreshments there are several options. You could stock up on supplies in Leatherhead for a picnic along the way on one of the benches or at Swanworth Picnic Site (Waypoint 4). If you'd rather sit down for a full meal, The Running Horse pub is in Leatherhead just by the Town Bridge (Waypoint 1), The Stepping Stones pub is in Westhumble (just a 2 minute walk along Chapel Lane from Waypoint 5) and Denbies Wine Estate has a restaurant/cafe (just before Waypoint 6). You have an option towards the end of the walk to detour into Dorking High Street, where you will find The White Horse Hotel. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 146 Dorking, Box Hill & Reigate. This walk follows public footpaths and bridleways which cross private and public land. Information is included for your interest, but please respect people's privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.Show more
#4 - Ranmore Circular
Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 2 m
A circular walk from Boxhill and Westhumble Station in the village of Westhumble, passing through part of the Polesden Lacey Estate, Ranmore Common and Denbies Vineyard. The route follows part of the North Downs Way National Trail. This walk is published through a collaboration with the Surrey County Council. This is a hilly walk with several long uphill stretches: make sure you stop regularly to appreciate the impressive views! Parts of the route can get muddy so stout boots or shoes are recommended. You will need to negotiate many gates/kissing gates but there are no stiles or steps on route. A couple of the short fields you cross may be holding sheep so take particular care with dogs. There are a few sections of road walking along quiet lanes so take care of any traffic at these points. Allow 3 hours. If you are looking for refreshments, there are a few options. There is a cycle shop cafe at Boxhill and Westhumble Station and The Stepping Stones pub is 300m from the station (turn right along Westhumble Street to reach this). Denbies Estate vineyard, about two thirds of the way round, has a restaurant and cafe which is open to the public. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 146 Dorking, Boxhill & Reigate. This walk follows public rights of way that cross private and National Trust land. Information is included for your interest, but please respect National Trust bylaws, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.Show more
#5 - Virginia Water Circular Walk
Windsor Great Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 4 m
The lake at Virginia Water was created in the 18th century and construction work first began in 1752. William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland had ambitious plans for the area, and his work on the project continued when his brother Henry Frederick succeeded him as Ranger. The woodland shores of this magnificent lake are immensely popular amongst people who love to take part in the wide range of activities that are possible here - from walking or running the perimeter, to just relaxing and enjoying the view. This area is testament to a rich history that spans centuries - from ancient monuments, to cascading waterfalls and stunning vistas. It is popular all year round, with its sparkling waters and abundance of wildlife. Show more
#6 - Banstead Woods Nature Walk
Banstead Wood
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 32 m
A circular walk discovering the hidden secrets and natural wonders of Banstead Woods, 250 acres of ancient woodland. Banstead Woods recorded history stretches back for nearly a thousand years, to the time of the Domesday Book in 1086. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration with the Surrey County Council. Most of the paths are firm and in good condition, however some sections can be muddy in the winter or after rainfall so stout shoes, boots or wellingtons are recommended. The route includes several slopes and there are kissing gates at the start and end of the walk. Dogs are welcome in the woodland, in fact it is a very popular dog walking spot, but please clear up after your dog and put the waste in the dog bins provided. The final stretch of 400m crosses a flower meadow where cattle are used for conservation grazing. Take the usual care if you have a dog with you. (Alternatively, you can easily avoid this section by returning to the car park on the path through the woodland edge). There is plenty to see along the way so allow 2 hours. There are no toilets or places for refreshments along the actual route, however there are many benches along the way should you wish to bring a picnic. The area is covered by Ordnance Survey Map Explorer 146 Dorking, Box Hill and Reigate. This walk follows permissive footpaths which cross public and private land. Information is included for your interest, but please respect people's privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.Show more
#7 - Farthing Downs and Happy Valley Loop
Happy Valley Park
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
The Farthing Downs and Happy Valley Loop is a loop starting in Old Coulsdon taking in Happy Valley, Farthing Downs and London's most southern public house, 'The Fox'. The walk includes mostly well worn paths through fields, hilltops and woodland. A few climbs provide beautiful views and make it feel like exercise. Probably the hardest of the climbs is nicely placed before reaching 'The Fox' so a stop may be required. Toilet facilities also available at Farthing Downs Car Park. Even though the walk has been designed to avoid the wettest and muddiest of areas unfortunately it is impossible to avoid here at certain times of the year so water proof foot wear is highly advisable during and after periods of rain. The walk is dog friendly as is 'The Fox' pub, however there are areas along the walk when your dogs should be on leads because of grazing sheep and cows but usually there are many visible signs to warn you of such times. The walk described starts in Old Coulsdon, which has a few car park spaces, if full you can park in nearby streets or otherwise you could also easily start the walk at Farthing Downs Car Park or 'The Fox' which have plenty of spaces (the pub can get very busy on weekends, so spaces can fill up and if you are planning to eat it is probably best to book in advance and give yourself time to get served, you could be there a while). Quite easily accessible by Public Transport from Coulsdon South station or by bus, the No.60 to Tollers Lane/Cross Ways, Stop A.Show more
#8 - Friday Street Hammer Circular
Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 14 m
A circular walk from Friday Street, near Dorking in Surrey, taking in the Wotton Estate with great views plus rivers, hammer ponds, mills, farms and churches to enjoy along the way. This walk is published through a collaboration with Surrey County Council. The walk has gentle climbs and descents throughout. Many of the bridleways and paths can get very muddy and slippery so good boots are a must (or wellingtons with grips in the winter).Whilst most of the paths are enclosed, you will need to cross a couple of pastures that may be holding livestock at some times of year (including cattle) so take particular care with dogs. There are several kissing gates plus four stiles (which have surrounds with gaps for medium dogs to fit through but larger dogs would need a lift over). There are a couple of road crossings of the A25 plus some short stretches of walking on a quiet country lanes, so take care of traffic at these points. There are several options for refreshments on the walk, with many pubs on the route. The Stephen Langton Inn is near the Friday Street car park at the start of the walk, the Wotton Hatch is on the A25 between Waypoints 2 and 3 and the Abinger Hatch is opposite the church at Waypoint 7. Ordinance Survey Map: Explorer 146 Dorking, Box Hill and Reigate. This walk follows public footpaths and bridleways which cross private and public land. Information is included for your interest, but please respect people's privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.Show more
#9 - Friday Street to Leith Hill Circular
Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 9.8 mi • Est. 4 h 57 m
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#10 - Inspiring Views Trail
Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 6 m
A circular walk within the Surrey Hills which celebrates the Inspiring Views art project, visiting a number of beautiful viewpoints and discovering the sculptural benches and poetry inspired by these. You will be taken on a peaceful journey through the densely wooded rolling hills, interspersed with breath-taking viewpoints and artwork. The Inspiring Views project, the brainchild of Surrey Hills Arts, aims to discover, reveal and interpret the views from the Surrey Hills. The artworks respond to the location and incorporate seating providing a reason to visit, pause and appreciate the outstanding view. A poet and sound artist have also created a response to the viewpoints to further enhance the visitor experience. The walk has several climbs and descents throughout, including a couple of fairly steep sections. The steepest climb and descent, over Pitch Hill, can easily be excluded if you prefer. The route follows paths and bridleways through woodland and open grassland, and many sections can be very muddy at times so good boots are a must (or wellingtons with grips in the winter months). You will need to negotiate a few steps plus a kissing gate and two stiles. Both stiles have gaps alongside for dogs and, if necessary, the stiles can be avoided be excluding the arm to the Alderbrook Viewpoint. There is no livestock on route. The final stretch, climbing back onto the Greensand Ridge, can get overgrown with bracken in the late summer. There is one short stretch along the edge of a golf course, so take care of any stray flying balls at this point. Allow 3 hours. Show more
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