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I’ve been running this website since 2011 and I’ve posted up a fair bit of London walking information in that time. But which posts are the ‘greatest hits’? I dug around in my website statistics to find out.

1. Q&A: Hikes near to London with great views?

The most popular post EVER on London Hiker is a Q&A in which I answered a question about great views near to London.

This makes sense, it’s exactly what I’d want to know if I’d recently started hiking in London, too.

Actually I’ve posted a lot more about this since I published this short post!

If you’re interested in great viewpoints, you might like this more recent article, too, which provides a very different perspective from my own:

2. The best book for day walks from London

I’m a HUGE fan of the Time Out Book of Country Walks and I love to recommend the books for day hikes from London.

Many years on I still think they’re the best if you want REAL countryside walks from train stations around London (and some great country pubs and tea shops too).

Doing the walks in these books opened my eyes to some of the wonderful countryside surrounding London.

I’m glad people are still discovering them!

3. Looking for a Hiking Group that Gets out of London?

I still maintain this list of hiking clubs that do weekend trips out of London, plus a link to the excellent list maintained by Rambling Clubs of the many, many walking clubs that do organised day walks from the city.

This is still a popular topic and I often get asked about organised walks and clubs to join – I’m often directing folks to this page!

4. You can have London and the hills

One of the first posts I wrote and a manifesto of sorts!

I was passionate to reassure readers that living in London didn’t mean missing out on Britain’s gorgeous countryside, green spaces and natural wonders.

If you want a bit of inspiration and four suggestions of fantastic walking areas you can reach within 1 to 4 hours of London, check it out.

5. Q&A: Where are the steepest hills near London?

As a hill fan I loved answering this fab question and as you’ll see I found 10 ‘steepest’ hills accessible from London in a day walk, plus some other great ideas for wonderful viewpoints that weren’t necessarily steep hills but were still worth a mention.

As the London Hiker tagline says, “Satisfy your hill walking cravings!”

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London Hiker by Catherine Redfern - 1y ago

We are now in British Summer Time and to celebrate, the annual Walk Your Weekends 50% off flash sale is now OPEN!

If you didn’t know already, Walk Your Weekends is my ‘flagship’ package of weekend walking itineraries, describing exactly how to have amazing weekend hiking trips in the best of Britain’s countryside – by public transport from London!

Blink and you’ll miss it though: the 50% off annual FLASH sale ends on Tuesday 28th March @ 10pm!

As in previous years, for every sale I will donate £2 to the Adventure Learning Charity Wide Horizons – and here’s why:

I can clearly remember the day my son took his first steps outside.

We don’t have a garden (a maisonette with a small balcony was all could afford in South London).

So it happened on a trip away. Holding my hand, he tottered, wobblingly, across the soft grass in his new outdoor shoes.

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about children and the outdoors.

I was lucky enough to grow up close to the Peak District and Pennine hills. We’d usually go out most weekends for a walk.

So it’s really sad to read that:

  • over 35% of the child population of the UK has never been to the countryside;
  • with 4 in 10 children living in poverty in London there is a real need for a low cost, safe, outdoor space for children to go. (source: Wide Horizons)

So that’s why I’ve decided to donate £2 for each sale of Walk Your Weekends during this British Summer Time promotion to Wide Horizons who give urban children their first taste of adventure in the countryside.

If you buy it today, you’ll not only be grabbing an incredible bargain – because this is a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ annual sale – but you’ll be helping a child have an adventure they’ll probably never forget.

If you know Walk Your Weekends is right for you, I invite you to buy it TODAY.

And if you aren’t buying, I invite you to consider making your own donation directly to the Charity today –> Wide Horizons

Here’s what you need to know about today’s FLASH sale:
  • Walk Your Weekends will be available to buy at 50% only until Tuesday 10pm
  • That means you can get it all for £23.50 instead of the regular price £47
  • I’m donating £2 from every purchase made during the sale to Wide Horizons, the Adventure Learning Charity who help deprived urban kids get their first taste of the outdoors.
  • You get immediate access to all 14 walking guides covering walking trips in the Lake District, South Downs, Highlands, Edinburgh, Peak District, Brecon Beacons, Snowdon, Scafell Pike, and Yorkshire.
  • Each guide consists of a detailed PDF plus video talk throughs of the route and photos – so it’s as if a friend is talking you through the key things you need to know before you head out!
  • I’ll help you choose which weekend to do based on different criteria
  • You can ask me any questions if you get stuck planning your walking trips – I’ll be happy to help you work out a solution to your specific requirements. Basically I can support you by email and answer any questions you have about it.
  • It’s all explained in detail from LONDON and by public transport. So no car required for any of the weekends. I have never owned a car and I’ve been hiking all over the place.
  • Each weekend has 2 or 3 day options explained.
  • Each day’s walk has an alternative ‘bad weather’ walk or activities suggested, escape routes are described, and accommodation and food options explained
  • BONUS! You get my 3 week Trail Walking for First Timers which will help you plan, organise and prepare for your first long distance trail walk in Britain – perfect for complete beginners who need a bit of motivation to finally do it this year (even if you’re a bit scared).
  • BONUS! You get access to all future updates, revisions and bonus itineraries that are created in future
  • BONUS! You get my ‘Walk Your Weekends like a pro’ series which includes video trainings and checklists covering all this: the gear you need to take on a hiking trip; staying safe in the hills; coping with the British weather; an introduction of the different types of maps you can get and pros and cons; my top lessons learned from 10 years of weekend walking; and public transport tips
  • BONUS! You get The London Hiker 50, my ultimate ticklist for the best walking locations in and around London.
  • And more BONUSES – click below to see all the details
  • If after 2 weeks you think it’s not right for you I’ll refund you 100%

If you’ve been wanting to go hiking out of London more in your weekends then this is the perfect next step to help you do it – independently.

Thank you for your support – I’ll see you on the other side!

Here’s to long summer evenings and lifetime memories.

(Remember it CLOSES Tuesday at 10pm.)

Speak to you again soon,


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When you need to escape the city, where do you head to?

You want to walk somewhere REALLY beautiful.

Somewhere that really makes you feel like you’re in the heart of a unique landscape.

The answer?

Try an official ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ (AONB).

There are eight close to London, possible to visit within a day. Wouldn’t it make a great challenge to visit each of them?

Over an occasional series of blog posts, I’ll be showcasing each one!

Today we are looking at:

No. 3: The High Weald

Here’s a taster of what to expect from this AONB, and some ‘must do’ walks to experience the best of the area.

1. The High Weald AONB is situated between the North and South Downs.

2. The area is a patchwork of small, irregular shaped fields and ancient woodland.

It’s considered one of the best surviving medieval landscapes in Northern Europe.

The story of fields and heaths in the High Weald - YouTube

3. Narrow, sunken lanes are a feature of the area; resulting from centuries of droving animals to graze

The story of routeways in the High Weald - YouTube

4. Ashdown Forest is one of the largest free public access spaces in the South East.

It’s stunningly beautiful healthland:

   by  tsbl2000 

‘Forest’ in this case means a Royal hunting park – not a area covered with trees.

Ashdown Forest is famous for inspiring Winnie-the-Pooh!

An Introduction to the History of Ashdown Forest - YouTube

Archaeology of Ashdown Forest - YouTube

5. The High Weald landscape trail is a 90 mile route that covers some of the major features of this AONB.

Some of the route, with a bit of tweaking, is accessible via train stations, from London.

   by  drewwith 

The Vanguard Way also passes through the High Weald and the best of Ashdown Forest on its way from Croydon to the Sea.

Read more
The Vanguard Way

6. The Weald includes many natural wildflower meadows:

Wildflower meadows in the High Weald - An Introduction - YouTube

7. And at the coast, the nature reserve at Rye Harbour is a superb place for bird spotting:

   by  tsbl2000 

Best walk:
Saturday Walkers Club: Walk 154: Rye to Dungeoness & Lydd

8. Eridge rocks are an interesting cluster of sandstone rock outcrops:

   by  debs-eye 

Best walk:
Saturday Walkers Club: Walk 120 Eridge Circular
Read more:
Eridge Rocks
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Best walks recap!

  1. Saturday Walkers’ Club Walk 23: Forest Row Circular
  2. Saturday Walkers’ Club Walk 23: Ashurst to East Grinstead
  3. High Weald landscape trail
  4. Saturday Walkers Club: Walk 154: Rye to Dungeoness & Lydd
  5. Saturday Walkers Club: Walk 120 Eridge Circular
  6. The Vanguard Way

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