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best London day trip/walk in the country

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best London day trip/walk in the country

My wife and I will be visiting London this March 29-April 6. We will take a day to hike in the country. Ideally the hike would be less than 10 miles, traverse beautiful country, include at least one pub/restaurant stop in a quaint small town and historical landmarks/sites.Too much to expect? Does this hike exist?

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Not too much to expect at all. How about the South Downs? Have a look at www.visitsouthdowns.com and see what you think. Another alternate might be a walk in the Chilterns - check out www.chilternsaonb.org - the site has links for walks starting from rail stations, and walks of short, medium and long duration.

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Time for me to go to bed, get better glasses or both. I thought your post said ideally the hike would be less than minutes! Seemed silly to travel anywhere in order to stop for a pint & take a 10 minute walk. And I couldn't , for the life of me, figure out how you were going to fit in the historical landmark.

Luckily, TravellerPlus has given you some good ideas.

Enjoy your trip :)

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This site you can search a walk to suit your mood. You are going to the land of ramblers, walkers and hikers, where "let's go for a stroll" actually means a five mile hike.....(my husband will testify to that much to his chagrin). A pub stop is mandatory (or medicinal in some cases).

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There are some lovely walks along the Surrey North Downs, around Dorking, which isn't very far from London but very much in the country . There is a website surreyhills.org that gives details of routes and a weekend bus service especially for reaching parts of these walks. There are some nice pubs on these routes, as we have experienced. Also take a look at Polesden Lacey, a National Trust house in the area - there are great, scenic walks along from there and the house is lovely (with tea room rather than pub!)

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