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11 hiking trails and long walks in Surrey to really stretch your legs; Here are some of the best long walks and hikes to tick off in the county.

Byline: Laura Nightingale

With plenty of countryside on our doorstep, walkers in Surrey are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a route.

Both the South Downs National Park andSurrey Hills- an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - are both in easy reach and offer miles and miles of glorious tracks to explore.

From woodland walks to heathland jaunts, some circuits are challenging and long, requiring more than just a lunchtime hour to complete.

If you are looking for something a bit more demanding than your quick stroll round the block, the following suggestions may help.

Complied by Surrey Live, the list of hiking trails below includesBox Hillwhich offers breathtaking views across the North Downs.

Don't forget your stout boots, binoculars and plenty of water!

27 best walks in Surrey with cafe or pub on the route including hidden gems

Dorking

Route: Circular route from Leith Hill to Holmwood Common. Around 6 miles.

This beautiful woodland walk visits Leith Hill Tower -- the highest point in south-east England.

The walk can be divided into two different shorter walks. The Holmwood Loop (6 1/2 miles) takes in Holmwood Common, Coldharbour and Anstiebury.

TheLeith Hill Loop(61/4 miles) goes over Leith Hill.

Both walks visit the Plough Inn pub for refreshments.

Visit theFancy Free Walks websitefor a detailed map of the route.

Different walking guides are also available from Leith Hill car park.

Starting point: National Trust Inholms Lane car park, North Holmwood, RH5 4JH

Tadworth

Route: Circular walk from Box Hill to Mickleham. Around 8 miles.

Box Hill is known for its plethora of butterflies, incredible views across the North Downs and also as the central feature of the cycling road races for the 2012 Olympics.

The most notable sight onBox Hillis the view from the viewing platform.

Various sections of the route involve walking up and down hills and some of the slopes are steep.

The route passes a couple of pubs, one of which is at the village of Mickleham called The Running Horses.

Visit theNational Trust websitefor a detailed map of the route.

Starting point: Salomons Memorial (viewpoint), Box Hill Road, KT20 7LB

Hindhead

Route: Circular walk from Haslemere Rail Station through the surrounding heathland, farmland, Devil's Punchbowl and Gibbet Hill. Around 9 miles.

Take in some spectacular views - you may even see the cattle grazing the scrub and on a clear day the distant London skyline.

Make your way to the eastern side of the Devil's Punch Bowl and look across the valley for some of the best views in the area.

You can also drive to the site if you are not going by train as there is a National Trust owned car park and a cafe for you to grab a hot drink and cake.

There are public toilets available at the Devil's Punchbowl (waypoint 3) and lots of pubs, restaurants and cafes in Haslemere High Street (at the start and end of the walk).

Visit theSurrey Hills websitefor a detailed map of the route.

Starting point: Haslemere Rail Station,Haslemere, GU27 2PD

Farnham

Route: Farnham to Guildford. Around 10 miles.

This walk is the start of the North Downs Way and begins in Farnham.

It follows the River Wey for a while before heading through woodland and into open fields, giving views of the Hogs Back.

The walk continues around the north edge of Puttenham Common before coming into the village of Puttenham.

From Puttenham it goes through part of the Losely Estate and onto the banks of the River Wey to the south of Guildford.

From here it is a short walk along the South Wey Path into the centre of Guildford.

Visit theNorth Downs Way websitefor a detailed map of the route.

Starting point: Next to the A31 near Farnham Rail Station, GU9 8AG

Walks in Surrey

Egham

Route: Circular walk from Englefield Green, on to Runnymede, Windsor Great Park and back. Around 7 miles.

Visit thebirthplace of the Magna Cartaon this riverside walk.

The walk connects the Thames at Runnymede, with its various memorials, toWindsor Great Park,making a truly satisfying excursion, with some good places for refreshment along the way.

The walk starts and finishes next to the Fox and Hounds pub - perfect for rewarding yourself with a cold drink and hearty lunch.

Visit theFancy Free Walks websitefor a detailed map of the route.

Starting point: Fox and Hounds, Bishopsgate Road, Englefield Green, TW20 0XU

Egham

Route: Walk from The Savill Garden to Virginia Water Lake and back. Around 10 miles.

Originally created as a Royal pleasure ground, the spectacular lake atVirginia Wateris now a destination for families to enjoy all year round.

Start at The Savill Garden and you will experience the impressive heights of the Cascade to the ancient Leptis Magna ruins, as you walk to and around Virginia Water.

You certainly won't have to walk far before you encounter one of the many points of interest.

An entire circuit of the lake is around 4 1/2 miles in total.

The walk from The Savill Garden to the Pavilion at the lake is 5.1 miles.

However long you decide to make your walk, the Pavilion will always be ready and waiting to greet you with a welcome coffee and a snack afterwards.

Visit theWindsor Great Park websitefor full instructions of the route.

Starting point: Wick Lane, Englefield Green, Egham, TW20 0UJ

Dorking

Route: Circular walk from Dorking Rail Station. Around 7 miles.

This walk takes you along the dramatic scarp slope of the North Downs, through some of the finest chalk grassland in Surrey.

The scenery is spectacular and the area rich in wildlife.

The views are outstanding -- viewpoints along the North Downs were strategically important during theSecond World War,which is why so many pillboxes were built here.

Much of the area has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest in recognition of this special habitat and the walk lies within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Visit theSurrey Hills websitefor a detailed map of the route.

Starting Point: Dorking Railway Station, RH4 1TF

Route: Circular walk from Woldingham Rail Station. Around 5 miles.

Explore hidden valleys, chalk downland and varied woodlands on this scenic route.

Allow at least three hours to enjoy the full route, while several shortcuts give you options for shorter walks. The route is marked by signposts and waymarks bearing the walk symbol.

The walk leads through a pocket of rich chalk grassland, with early purple orchids and St John's Wort and on through scrub and woodland.

You may find primroses and violets but dog's mercury and mosses dominate under hawthorn, field maple and hazel.

Visit theSurrey Hills websitefor a detailed map of the route.

Starting Point: Woldingham Rail Station, Woldingham, CR3 7LT

Address: Mill Lane, Felbridge, East Grinstead, RH19 2PQ

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Route: Circular walk from Ranmore West including The Wotton Hatch pub. Around 5 miles.

Denbies Hillside and neighbouring Ranmore Common are some of the richest chalk grasslands in south east England.

The Downs tumble towards to the pretty village of Westcott with beautiful views in all directions.

The walk starts in the car park and immediately enters dense woodland of mainly silver birch.

There will be signposts to follow the North Downs Way and the trail begins to head downhill.

After reaching a pillbox dating to the Second World War you'll leave the North Downs Way at this point.

The track that you're walking along here leaves the woods and slopes further downhill - on the left there is a magnificent view over Dorking and Box Hill and if you look hard left one can see the spire of St Barnabas Church on Ranmore Common.

At the bottom of the hill you'll find the Wotton Hatch pub for refreshments - near the half way point.

Visit theNational Trust websitefor a detailed map of the route.

Starting Point: Ranmore West car park, RH5 6SY

Cranleigh

Route: Circular walk passing Dunsfold, Hambledon and Hascombe. Around 12 miles.

Starting from the delightful 13th-century Dunsfold Church which stands on the site of a Saxon burial ground, this walk goes through the woodland and hills of southwest Surrey.

The first leg of the walk takes you to Hambledon Church and passes The White Horse pub which serves good food and a selection of real ales and has a garden.

Down the lane to its left, the lake at Hascombe with its church and cottages is a sight not to be missed.

The second leg takes you from Hambledon Church to Hascombe before retuning to Dunsfold Church.

Good walking shoes are usually fine for this flat walk, although comfortable boots are recommended because of the distance.

Visit theFancy Free Walks websitefor a detailed map of the route.

Starting Point: Dunsfold Church, GU8 4LT

Frensham Ponds in the sunshine

Farnham

Route: Circular walk taking in Frensham Great and Little Ponds and the River Wey. Around 8 miles.

This picturesque walk starts and finishes from the main car park at Frensham Ponds Visitor Centre.

It follows public footpaths and bridleways which cross private and public land.

The paths through the woodlands can get quite muddy after wet weather so good boots are recommended.

There are public toilets at the visitor centre at the start of the walk.

If you are looking for refreshments, the visitor centre has a snack bar, the Rural Life Centre has a cafe and Tilford Village (4.5 miles into the walk) has a village store and The Barley Mow pub.

Starting Point: Frensham Ponds Visitor Centre, Priory Lane, GU10 3BT

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