Woodland walks might not the first thing you associate with London, but you can actually find lots of green spaces in the capital with ancient woodlands making you feel like you’re far out in the country. Here are a few suggested trails with maps, easy to access with public transportation from anywhere in London.
Where can I find woodland walks in London?
London is fortunate to have lots of green space. If you prefer natural woodlands rather than manicured parks, here are a few good places check out:
- South West: Richmond Park and Bushy Park are excellent for long Sunday woodland walks
- North: Epping Forest and Hampstead Heath are really easily within reach by tube
- East: Rainham Marshes on the banks of River Thames
- South East: Go for a walk in Oxleas Woods’ dens dark forest, or check out Russia Dock Woodland
- A local favourite in North West London
- Easy to reach via Tube and Overground
- Ancient woodland with climbing treas and lakes
- Stunning panorama from Parliament Hill
- One of the best places in London for kiting
- Family-friendly with excellent Parliament Hill Playground nearby
- The 7 miles circular trail is accessible and perfect for everyone, young and old
- Lakes, hills, old oaks and natural woodland
- South East London not far from North Greenwich
- Climb up the magnificent Severndroog Castle
- Enjoy stunning views of South East London from Oxleas Meadows
- Explore ancient woodlands and get an impression of how South London used to be
- The 7 miles walking trail is largely traffic-free, with just a few road crossings
- Protected reserve on the border between East London and Essex
- A paradise for bird watchers with several wildlife hides across the marshes
- How the Thames Estuary used to be before development started
- Bring binoculars and a long camera lens
- Accessible and family-friendly paths with easy to follow signs
- The Circular route is 2.4 miles, excellent for family woodland walks
- A local favourite among families in South West London
- A rich variety of wildlife with several hides to enjoy animals without disturbing them
- 2 miles circular easy route for kids to enjoy
- Accessible for everyone to enjoy
- Shielded from traffic, you’ll feel like far out in the country on your woodland walks
- Local woodland on the Rotherhithe peninsula, South East London
- Great views towards Central London and Canary Wharf from Stave Hill
- Easy access by tube from Canada Water station (Jubilee line)
- Built on the derelict wasteland after the docks were closed down
- Small, but tranquil green space
- Around 1 mile of mostly gravel paths
FAQ Woodland Walks in London
Can I go on woodland walks in London?
Yes, luckily you’ll find several green areas of London where you can go on long woodland walks, like in Epping Forest, Hampstead Heath and Richmond Park.
Where can I find information about park walks in London?
What’s the difference between woodland walks and hikes?
Woodland walks are often on smooth gravel paths within a smaller area, compared to hiking in wild nature with more elevation and rougher terrain.
Are London’s parks and woodlands free to enter?
Most parks and woodlands are free of charge like the all the Royal Parks, Hampstead Heath and Epping Forest, while a few charge an entry fee like Kew Gardens, London Wetland Center and Rainham Marshes.
Can I reach woodland walks by tube in London?
Yes, you’ll find several easy to reach woodlands in London like Hampstead Heath and Epping Forest.
Why are woodlands good for children?
Woodlands are great places for kids to play, explore and learn more about nature. Natural play can boost kids’ development: studies have shown playing in nature can boost cognitive skills and increase physical fitness.
Where in London can I find woodlands?
You’ll find green spaces with woodland habitats in many parts of London. Among the bigger woodland areas in London are Epping Forest, Hampstead Heath and Richmond Park.