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Five day trips from London

Nº 1 - TRING & ASHRIDGE ESTATE

34 minutes from London Euston

Whether you’re looking to ramble over a couple of days or just stroll on a sunny Sunday, there are plenty of walks that start and finish at Tring station. 

We enjoyed a 9-mile walk around the Ridgeway path, often cited as Britain's oldest road, to Ivinghoe Beacon before walking through the Ashridge estate and finishing at The Greyhound in Aldbury. The Greyhound do a great Sunday roast and its just 20 minutes from Tring station. 

If you’re reading this in the spring, you’re at the right time to catch forest floors carpeted with bluebells. They’re often at their finest around the first weekend of May and Dockey Wood is the prime spot. Due to their popularity, in 2016 the National Trust started to charge a fee to walk among the bluebells as in previous years they had been trampled.

Nº 2 - DORKING & BOX HILL

48 minutes from London Waterloo

Head to Dorking for a day of walking through one of the UK’s largest vineyards, and to catch awesome views of London and the home counties from the Surrey Hills. 

From Dorking station we walked through Denbies Wine estate to the village of Westhumble and then up Box Hill. The top of Box Hill can be a great spot for a picnic though we carried on to the King William IV pub, which has great vistas across the hills and serves burgers from their summer BBQ.

Nº 3 - windsor

1 hour 9 mins from London Waterloo

Rich in history, royal tradition and with a range of walks along the Thames, a day out in Windsor will leave you feeling more British than you would after scoffing a cream tea with cucumber sandwiches. 

Arrive at Windsor Castle around 10am to see the Changing of the Guard which usually takes place every other day; check the dates and timings here. Whilst the castle is deservedly the main attraction, you should make sure to leave time for a river cruise or to stroll down the famous long walk towards Windsor Great Park. 

Nº 4 - BRIGHTON

55 minutes from London Victoria

From its famous pier to its quirky shops and awesome nightlife, bohemian Brighton is a breath of fresh air. You can pick up home crafts, herbal remedies, world food and all sorts. The Lanes is a maze of alleyways selling jewellery, clothes and antiques which is worth a look, even if you're not looking to buy. If its nice weather (we can hope!) take a dip in the water or just have some fish and chips on the (pebbly) beach. 

Nº 5 - RYE & CAMBER SANDS

1 hour 17 minutes from London St Pancras International

Traditional sweet shops, tea rooms, bric-a-brac and ancient streets are what you you should expect to find in Rye. In the summer, carloads of beachgoers head for the long, golden stretch of sand and choppy ocean at Camber Sands, a short drive away. Beware of the current and stay safe.

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