Whether you’re a dyed-in-the-wool fitness geek, or just occasionally guilted into getting outdoors in the weekends – there’s something refreshing and invigorating about tackling a good walk. And that’s not touching on the mild sense of achievement, or at the very least, the boasting rights it gives you for the office on Monday.
So whether you’re keen to get your sweat on or just get one over Karen in accounts, here’s a list of a few of our favourite walks around London – rated, in the time-honoured clickbait style of our forebears, from worst to best.
Coming in at a cool seven miles, the Epping Forest Oak Trail has long been one of our favourites – partly because of how handy it is. It’s truly a way to feel like you’re getting out of London without actually getting out of London.
Starting at Theydon Bois, you’ll head out of town, passing the black fallow deer sanctuary, old Iron Age fort ruins at Ambresbury Banks, and finally the conservation grazing of the Great Gregories.
And it gets bonus points for being on the Central line.
To be honest, any walk that starts in the infinitely charming Henley-on-Thames is going to be a strong contender.
After leaving Henley (probably reluctantly), you’ll get out to the countryside, skirting along the Chiltern Hills and enjoying scenic views over valleys and farmland. History buffs can even spot the ruins of an abandoned church dating back to Norman times in Bix Bottom.
The Henley via Stonor Circular Walk is 13.6 kilometers.
Are you really surprised? This has been topping London walking lists for years, and for good reason. It’s the perfect mix – both stunning and challenging.
Walkers usually start at Seaford, walking along the undulating Seaford Head, duck down into the picturesque Cuckmere Haven, before tackling the formidable Sisters themselves. Don’t forget to bring a camera – especially if you’re there around sunset – or swimmers if you want to swim at Beachy Head.
It’s no mean feat, at 13.8 miles, but the Cuckmere Inn lunch makes it worth it, if not for being able to say you’ve done the unanimously agreed best walk in South-East England.