Surrey Hills

Top walks

June 2023 ■
Words by Eleanor Purvis

trees in spring

Discover the beauty of living in the Surrey Hills 

The hills surrounding Guildford are full of beautiful nature spots, a vast network of trails, and far-reaching vistas waiting for you to explore. Whether you’re looking to recharge your batteries or burn off some calories on a walk, run, or mountain bike ride, The Guild is in a great location to get out and discover the Surrey Hills area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB).  

Surrey Hills stretch across the North Downs from Farnham to Oxted and include the Greensand Hills that run from Haslemere to Leith Hill. Guildford is surrounded by beautiful nature spots, you can explore by foot, two wheels, or public transport and is accessible all year round.

Top walks on your doorstep

As soon as you walk out of The Guild, you’re within easy reach of some beautiful countryside. We’ve pulled together our favourite local walks for you to enjoy all year round.   

  1. St martha's hill surrey

    St Martha's Hill

    This 5-mile circular walk traverses the hillside leading you to the picture postcard church at St Martha-on-the-hill, with panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. The route includes woodland trails and open fields. This is also a great dog walking route with lots of opportunities for letting your pooch off the lead. Check out the full route here.

  2. river wey

    River Wey

    The river Wey can be easily accessed from your front door. The towpath is a great option for dog walking. We’d recommend heading south along the river Wey, with views over the water meadows and Guildford Castle. The 5-mile route to Godalming follows the river edge with plenty of wildlife to spot in the summer months. View the full route here.

  3. silent pool

    Newlands Corner & Silent Pool

    This 6-mile circular walk starts at the top of Newlands Corner, with panoramic views over the Surrey Hills. Take in the sites of St Martha’s Church, and the tranquil surroundings of the Silent Pool. The route includes a mix of meadows, open countryside, and woodland, view the full route here.

  4. shere

    Shere Circular

    This 4-mile walk takes you through the picturesque village of Shere. The route follows woodland trails, and country lanes with views over the Tillingbourne Valley. With great pub stops along the way, discover the full route here.

  5. pewley down

    Pewley Down

    A short but hilly 3.5-mile circular walk that takes you through the Pewley Down nature reserve, with views over Guildford and the North Downs – check out the route here.

Surrey hills in the autumn

Our pick of the best walks in Surrey Hills

Surrey Hills truly is a lovely nature spot to visit across all the seasons. We’ve collected all our favourite Surrey Hills hiking routes for you. All these walks are accessible via public transport or by car.   

  1. Boxhill

    Boxhill Loop

    This 13km loop starts from the national trust centre and includes breathtaking views over the north downs, steep climbs, deep descents, and lots of steps! There are some lovely pubs dotted on the route, to catch some respite and grab a bite to eat. Are you ready for the challenge? Discover details of the route here.

  2. leith hill

    Summit Leith Hill

    There is a myriad of trails to discover in this corner of the Surrey Hills. But we’d recommend starting with this 10km walk that takes in the stunning views from Leith Hill Tower – arguably one of the best views in Surrey.

  3. denbies vinyard

    Denbies Hillside

    With views over the Mole Gap and Dorking this elevated route is an easy walk following the north downs way along the chalky hillside. The route takes you through the National Trust site – explore more.

  4. hombury hill

    Holmbury Hill

    Explore Hurtwood by foot, with this 10km walk. Enjoy the views over the Weald and the South Downs. The route includes a mix of woodland and heathland.

  5. polesden lacey

    Polesden Lacey

    Is a large estate run by the national trust. The house is set in beautiful woodland, and meadows waiting for you to explore, and discover more.

  6. north downs way

    North Downs Way

    Walk along the north downs way west or east of Guildford. Both directions include some great pubs for a pit stop and fabulous views. The way is extremely well signposted too.

Gravel track at sunset

Views to Westenhanger

Views to Westenhanger

Two wheels in the Surrey Hills  

There are some great off-road routes to explore. The Surrey Hills includes dedicated mountain bike routes for beginners to experienced riders. Discover more here.  

Surrey is also known as a great destination for gruelling hilly road cycling circuits such as Box Hill and the highest point in Southeast England – Leith Hill. Find out more about great routes here.