Walks in South East England

The counties of Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire, Surrey, Isle of Wight, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire
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Living most of my life in Yorkshire, the South East of England had always been something of an enigma to me. Despite my late father being a Sussex man I had rarely travelled to the region, bar a six month spell working in the Tunbridge Wells area in the late 1970's. All work then, no walking for me in those days.

In 2012 I first ventured south to walk the Ridgeway National Trail and in 2018 I decided to walk for a week around the coastline of the Isle of Wight. Then in 2019 I spread my wings further by spending a couple of weeks walking the South Downs National Trail. Later in the same year I dedicated a week of my time for a short exploration of Kent. I have also resolved to do more walks in the region which will appear on these pages in good time. Oh, and I have an ally. Steven Spall, also a fellow Northerner who spent two enjoyable years living within and exploring the South East corner of England, in particular the county of Kent. He has kindly added some of his favourite South East walks to these pages. So keep looking in to see what new walks Steven and I have to offer.

Interactive map of the walks

Walk Miles Description
Isle of Grain Beachcombing Walk 2.4 A walk from Kent's most remote village which includes the River Medway Estuary and top quality beachcombing.
Gillingham Beach and Horrid Hill 3.6 Some of the nicest of the Medway Estuary to explore and a good jumping off walk for further exploration with children or Ornithology.
Herne Bay, Reculver Towers and Roman Fort 4.5 This seaside route takes in pebble beaches, promenades, stunning cliffs, short climbs, Napoleonic defences and a Roman fort.
Whitstable to Herne Bay Seashore Walk 4.7 A seaside lovers walk following the Saxon Shore Way from Whitstable to Herne Bay.
Chartham, Great Stour Way and Canterbury 5.0 One of the loveliest short walks in Kent, a prelude of gorgeous chalk riverside strolling to a finale of exploring the city of Canterbury.
Wye Downs, Wye Crown, Devils Kneading Trough and Brook 5.1 A lovely North Downs walk taking in Wye Crown and the fabulous Devils Kneading Trough viewpoint.
Emmetts, French Street, Chartwell and Toy's Hill 5.3 Walk among the landscape which inspired Octavia Hill, creator of the National Trust and to Chartwell, private home of Winston Churchill.
Cliffe Pools Nature Reserve 5.4 This walk is one amidst a remote and beautiful landscape with open horizons and is ideal for watching spectacular numbers of birds.
Rochester and Hoo St Werburgh Saxon Shore Walk 10.8 A very interesting River Medway walk following the Saxon Shore Way from Rochester to Hoo Flats.
Rochester, Downs, Wouldham Common, Burham Marshes and River Medway 13.9 A Medway walk from Rochester to common lands and marshlands, some Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
Wye, North Downs Way, Chilham, Bagham, Stour Valley Walk and Crundale 14.1 A wonderful Kent villages walk utilising the North Downs Way and Stour Valley Walk.
Rochester, Cobham Park, Luddesdown, Halling and Cuxton 16.4 A beautiful walk with some really rural scenery despite the proximity to some of Kents major conurbations.
Long Distance Paths
The Ridgeway Stage One: Ivinghoe Beacon to Hastoe Cross 6.3 Viewing points, military site, woodlands, Albury, Tring, Hastoe Cross.
The Ridgeway Stage Two: Hastoe Cross to Chinnor 16.6 Pavis Wood, Wendover, Bacombe Hill, Coombe Hill, Goodmerhill Wood, Chequers, Pulpit Hill, Cadsden.
The Ridgeway Stage Three: Chinnor to Wallingford 15.1 Swan's Way, Kingston Blount, Shirburn Hill, Watlington, Britwell Salome, Swyncombe Downs, Nuffield, Grim's Ditch.
The Ridgeway Stage Four: Wallingford to East Ilsley 13.0 Mongewell, North Stoke, River Thames, Moulsford, South Stoke, Goring on Thames, Streatley, Berkshire Downs.
The Ridgeway Stage Five: East Ilsley to Ashbury 17.1 Scutchamer Knob, Middlehill Down, Segsbury Camp, Devil's Punchbowl, Dragon Hill, White Horse of Uffington, Wayland's Smithy.
The Ridgeway Stage Six: Ashbury to Ogbourne St George 11.0 Charlbury Hill, Liddington Castle, Whitefield Hill, Chase Wood, Round Hill Downs, Southend.
The Ridgeway Stage Seven: Ogbourne St George to Avebury 12.3 Smeathe's Ridge, Barbury Castle, Overton Barrows, East Kennett, West Kennett Long Barrow, Silbury Hill, Avebury Stone Circle.
Isle of Wight Coastal Path Stage One: Cowes to Hamstead 13.5 West Cowes, Solent Coastline, Rivers, Creeks, Wetlands, Shacks, White Egrets, Kingfishers.
Isle of Wight Coastal Path Stage Two: Hamstead to Freshwater Bay 13.4 Solent Coastline, Yarmouth, The Needles, Tennyson Down, Freshwater Bay.
Isle of Wight Coastal Path Stage Three: Freshwater Bay to Chale 11.6 Freshwater Bay, South Coast, English Chanel, Chalk Cliffs, Mudstone Cliffs, Erosion. Chines.
Isle of Wight Coastal Path Stage Four: Chale to Sandown 12.2 Peregrine Falcons, St Catherines Point, Gore Cliff, Ventnor, Devil's Chimney, The Landslip, Shanklin.
Isle of Wight Coastal Path Stage Five: Sandown to Ryde 12.7 Sandown, Culver Down, Monuments, Bembridge Windmill, Bembridge Harbour, Ryde.
Isle of Wight Coastal Path Stage Six: Ryde to Cowes 7.7 Ryde, Red Squirrels, Binstead, Quarr Abbey, Whippingham Church, Osborne House, East Cowes.
South Downs Way Stage One: Eastbourne to Alciston 17.1 Eastbourne, Beachy Head, Seven Sisters, River Cuckmere, Litlington White Horse, Alfriston.
South Downs Way Stage Two: Alciston to Ditchling 20.2 Firle Beacon, River Ouse, Rodmell, Monk's House, Ditchling Beacon.
South Downs Way Stage Three: Ditchling to Bramber 13.4 Ditchling Beacon, Clayton Windmills, Devil's Dyke, Edburton Hill, River Adur, Bramber Castle.
South Downs Way Stage Four: Bramber to Arundel 13.6 Bramber Castle, Chanctonbury Ring Hill Fort, World War II Tank, Burpham, Arundel.
South Downs Way Stage Five: Arundel to Graffham 14.1 Arundel, Houghton, Westburton Hill, Graffham Down.
South Downs Way Stage Six: Graffham to Buriton 15.4 Graffham Down, Devil's Jumps, Beacon Hill, South Harting, Buriton.
South Downs Way Stage Seven: Buriton to Winchester 25.3 Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Butser Hill, Old Winchester Hill, Exton, Cheesefoot Head, Winchester.
Walk Miles
Isle of Grain Beachcombing Walk 2.4
Gillingham Beach and Horrid Hill 3.6
Herne Bay, Reculver Towers and Roman Fort 4.5
Whitstable to Herne Bay Seashore Walk 4.7
Chartham, Great Stour Way and Canterbury 5.0
Wye Downs, Wye Crown, Devils Kneading Trough and Brook 5.1
Emmetts, French Street, Chartwell and Toy's Hill 5.3
Cliffe Pools Nature Reserve 5.4
Rochester and Hoo St Werburgh Saxon Shore Walk 10.8
Rochester, Downs, Wouldham Common, Burham Marshes and River Medway 13.9
Wye, North Downs Way, Chilham, Bagham, Stour Valley Walk and Crundale 14.1
Rochester, Cobham Park, Luddesdown, Halling and Cuxton 16.4
Long Distance Paths
The Ridgeway Stage One: Ivinghoe Beacon to Hastoe Cross 6.3
The Ridgeway Stage Two: Hastoe Cross to Chinnor 16.6
The Ridgeway Stage Three: Chinnor to Wallingford 15.1
The Ridgeway Stage Four: Wallingford to East Ilsley 13.0
The Ridgeway Stage Five: East Ilsley to Ashbury 17.1
The Ridgeway Stage Six: Ashbury to Ogbourne St George 11.0
The Ridgeway Stage Seven: Ogbourne St George to Avebury 12.3
Isle of Wight Coastal Path Stage One: Cowes to Hamstead 13.5
Isle of Wight Coastal Path Stage Two: Hamstead to Freshwater Bay 13.4
Isle of Wight Coastal Path Stage Three: Freshwater Bay to Chale 11.6
Isle of Wight Coastal Path Stage Four: Chale to Sandown 12.2
Isle of Wight Coastal Path Stage Five: Sandown to Ryde 12.7
Isle of Wight Coastal Path Stage Six: Ryde to Cowes 7.7
South Downs Way Stage One: Eastbourne to Alciston 17.1
South Downs Way Stage Two: Alciston to Ditchling 20.2
South Downs Way Stage Three: Ditchling to Bramber 13.4
South Downs Way Stage Four: Bramber to Arundel 13.6
South Downs Way Stage Five: Arundel to Graffham 14.1
South Downs Way Stage Six: Graffham to Buriton 15.4
South Downs Way Stage Seven: Buriton to Winchester 25.3
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