UPDATED MAY 2020. PLEASE NOTE: Facilities and businesses in the towns and villages we mention will be closed at the moment. Government advice is to avoid public transport so don’t travel by train. Please be mindful of the people who live locally both in the countryside and in the small towns these routes pass, check whether car parks are open before you set off and adhere to social distancing guidelines on your walks.
For those of us who have been lucky enough to be able to leave the house, our daily lockdown walks have become joyous, freeing adventures – even if we've only strolled up the road. Before this, Londoners were already getting into walking – it’s fun, it’s free and it boosts mental as well as physical health! – but now we’re committed.
There are plenty of pretty walks in London, but with new government guidance telling us that driving out of the city for a walk in the countryside is now allowed, we’ve got our sights set on these stunning routes that are a little further afield. In the coming weeks and months, you can blow out the lockdown cobwebs with a seaside stroll along the white cliffs of the Seven Sisters, or head inland for a country ramble through the stunning ancient woodland of Epping Forest. Dust off your boots and take a hike with one of these brilliant countryside walks near London.
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