Wye Downs
Wye Downs

Beautiful Walks Near London


If you’ve explored our pick of the best winter walks in London, it’s time to venture outside the capital for your next outdoor excursion. These beautiful walks near London take in rolling countryside, coastal paths, meandering rivers and historic towns. Check out these winter walks in Kent, Hertfordshire and other picturesque locations near London. All you need is a Zipcar to get you there.


Wheathampstead Heritage Trails

Wheathampstead church

Wheathampstead Heritage Trails

With six interesting and varied heritage trails to choose from, this sleepy and historic village in Hertfordshire is a popular destination for walkers. Follow the crystal-clear River Lea along the Lea Valley Circle, stroll through beautiful meadows and the impressive Devil’s Dyke – an ancient Celtic defensive mound – and even follow ancient thoroughfares created by the Romans.

Distance from London by car: 27.7 miles

Where to park: East Lane Car Park

Wye Downs Walk

Wye Downs

Wye Downs Walk

This circular walk in Kent around the village of Wye follows part of the North Downs Way and passes through the Kent Downs AONB, with landmarks like the Wye Crown cut into the chalk of the North Downs above the village. There are also some beautiful views over the Devil’s Kneading Trough, which is the largest and steepest of the hills of the Downs, and characteristic of the area.

Distance from London by car: 65.5 miles

Where to park: Wye Nature Reserve Car Park


River Wey Navigations

Wey Navigations

River Wey Navigations

Follow the route of the last commercial barges on the Wey Navigations. The circular walk in Surrey follows the towpath, meaning it’s accessible for pushchairs and there’s no need for wellies! This reasonably flat yet picturesque Surrey walk is easy to navigate and has plenty of opportunities to stop for refreshments, making it ideal for city-dwellers who are more at home in high heels than hiking boots!

Distance from London by car: 29 miles

Where to park: Thames Street Car Park

Mersea Island

Mersea island

Mersea Island

Boasting the title of the most easterly inhabited island in the UK, Mersea is a lesser-known beauty spot in Essex, and a popular destination for country walks in Essex. It’s just as beautiful in winter as it is in summer, with miles of unspoilt coastline walks and plenty of native seabirds to spot. The only way onto the island is via the Strood causeway, so be sure to check the tide before you set off for Mersea. 

Distance from London by car: 70 miles

Where to park: Cudmore Grove Country Park Car Park

Seven Sisters Country Park

Seven Sisters Country Park

Seven Sisters Country Park

A far cry from Seven Sisters in Tottenham, this is one of the most famous places for walks in East Sussex, and it’s easy to see why. The dramatic chalky white cliffs offer an incredible backdrop for a coastal walk along the South Downs Way National Trail, with beautiful views across the English Channel and walks of varying lengths all starting from the Visitor Centre.

Distance from London by car: 84 miles

Where to park: Friston Car Park next to the Visitor Centre

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