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Beautiful walks in the UK this autumn

Discover amazing walks just a train ride away this autumn with Southern. From relaxed strolls to strenuous hikes, there’s something for everyone

people walking in a forest in autumn

Box Hill

Nearest station: Box Hill and Westhumble

Renowned as a picturesque spot for picnics in Jane Austen's Emma, Box Hill continues to exude its charm, just as it did two centuries ago. Follow a serene trail of stepping stones across the River Mole, while autumn casts a spell, painting the North Downs in hues of fiery red and shimmering gold. It's the perfect season to explore, while carrying a small flask of something warm.

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Walk the Chalk

Nearest station: Newhaven and Seaford

Walk the Chalk is a five-day celebration centered around South Hill Barn, Cuckmere Haven, and the iconic Seven Sisters. This remarkable event is all about embracing the King Charles III England Coast Path, which is set to become the longest coastal trail in the UK.

During Walk the Chalk, you'll have the incredible opportunity to delve into the rich heritage, vibrant chalk formations, fascinating fossils, enchanting flora and fauna, captivating history, and mesmerizing folklore of the coastal region. But that's not all! This immersive experience will also ignite your creativity as you explore art and expression inspired by the breathtaking surroundings. The walk takes place at the end of September.

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Devils Dyke, Brighton

Nearest station: Brighton

From Brighton station, nab a place on the heritage open-air double-decker bus up to Devil’s Dyke – a beautiful valley with breath-taking views that’s perfect for hikers, nature lovers and families seeking a picturesque stroll or a more strenuous trek.

The tops of the hills offer spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, and the area is often popular with hang gliders and paragliders.

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Devils Dyke Brighton

Nut Wood Circular

Nearest station: Reigate

Situated near Redhill in Surrey, this walk is generally considered to be an easy one, averaging 58 minutes to complete. It’s a popular trail for hiking and running too. The trail is open all year round and is very picturesque. If you fancy a stop-off, check out the National Trust café at Reigate Hill and Gatton Park.

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East Grinstead and High Weald

Nearest station: East Grinstead

If you’re an experienced walker and hiker, and are looking for a quieter route, this trail in West Sussex is ideal. The trail is 11.3km and it’s unlikely that you’ll encounter many other people while exploring.

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The London Martyr’s Way

Nearest station: London Victoria

Situated near the city of London, this paved route is great for all weathers. Enjoy the sights and stop off at the Swan in Hyde Park for a drink and a bite to eat!

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London Martyrs Walk

1066 country walk

Nearest station: Pevensey & Westham

Keen to learn more about history, while enjoying the countryside? Set out on the 31-mile 1066 Country Walk, a relatively easy, low-level route through countryside that witnessed the Norman Conquest. Starting at Pevensey Castle, it passes Herstmonceux Castle, the historic 1066 Battle Abbey and Battlefield, medieval Winchelsea, ending in Rye. You can easily access the route with Southern, by taking the train to Pevensey and Westham, Doleham, Three Oaks, Winchelsea, or Rye.

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Amberley to Arundel circular walk

Nearest station: Amberley

A peaceful route, discover the Amberley to Arundel circular walk which starts by Amberley station. The trail is open year-round and boasts beautiful country views. Key highlights on this walk include the Wildlife and Wetlands centre, where you can witness a variety of wild ducks and geese.

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Footpath sign in Arundel

Lewes Three Peaks

Nearest station: Lewes

If you’re an experienced walker looking for a challenge, catch the train to Lewes to take on the Lewes Three Peaks trail. It takes just over 8 hours on average to complete, but the walk promises stunning scenery along the way.

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Lewes Three Peaks

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