Top 5 Hikes near London by train

Top 5 hikes near london by train

Looking for a fun and easy way to escape the hustle and bustle of London? Why not try hiking? With plenty of trails accessible by train, it’s a great way to get some exercise and fresh air without having to travel too far. This is our run down of the Top 5 hikes near London by train.

Seven Sisters

A popular option is the famous Seven Sisters hike, which takes you along the stunning coastline of East Sussex. Starting from Seaford station, the trail offers breathtaking views of the English Channel and the famous chalk cliffs. It’s a moderately challenging hike, with some steep climbs and descents, but the scenery is well worth the effort.

The entire hike from Seaford to Eastbourne is 22km, but another option is to hike from Seaford to Birling Gap beach and return by bus.

Moderate – Challenging

Train station: Seaford

Seven sisters hike

Surrey Hills

Hop on a train from London Waterloo to Dorking and explore the picturesque Surrey Hills. The hike starts from Box Hill and Westhumble station and takes you through the countryside, past farms and vineyards, and up to the top of Box Hill. Take a mini picnic to enjoy with the stunning views of the North Downs and the Weald before descending back to the station. This 5.5-mile hike is perfect for a nature filled day out.

Moderate – Challenging

Train station: Box Hill & Westhumble

Box hill hike

Epping Forest

Take the Central line to Epping and discover the ancient woodland of Epping Forest. Start your hike from Epping station and follow the trails through the forest, passing ponds, streams, and meadows. Keep an eye out for wildlife, including deer and birds. The hike ends at Chingford station, where you can stop for a pint at one of the local pubs. This 6-mile hike is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.


Train station: Various central line tube stations

Epping forest

Chiltern Hills

Travel to High Wycombe from London Marylebone and explore the rolling hills of the Chilterns. The hike starts from Saunderton station and takes you through beech woods, fields, and charming villages. Stop for a picnic at the picturesque Hambleden Valley before continuing to Henley-on-Thames, where you can catch a train back to London. This 8-mile hike is perfect for those who want to challenge themselves.

For other hikes in the Chiltern Hills area, you can jump on the Metropolitan tube line and travel the farthest stations for quick and accessible access to a whole world of trails. This is a great way to access the tranquility of the countryside away from popular trails. 

Moderate – Challenging

Train station: High Wycome. Or alternatively discover hikes from Tring, Chorleywood, Rickmansworth or Chesham 

hiking in the chilterns

Thames Path

The Thames Path is a picturesque trail that follows the iconic River Thames, offering hikers a unique opportunity to explore the natural beauty and rich history of the English countryside. Stretching for 184 miles from the source of the river in the Cotswolds to the Thames barrier, this trail can be done in sections, with each one being radically different from the last.

On the Thames Path, you’ll encounter charming villages, historic landmarks, and stunning river views. The trail meanders through lush meadows, dense woodlands, and tranquil waterways.

Moderate – Challenging

Train station: Various 

thames path hike

As you can see there are plenty of ways to access hikes near London by train! 

If you’d like to go on a hike but don’t want to go it alone, then consider joining one of our group day hikes led by a female guide. We visit all of the places mentioned. Never miss an event by joining our mailing list.