London, England

South of London: Surrey Hills & The High Weald


Gatwick is about 30 miles south of London, or about an hour by train. There are plenty of hotels in the area, most directly north or south of the airport. There are no great running options right near the airport, but there are two spectacular places, each within 15 miles of Gatwick (you’ll need a car).

Surrey Hills

A 163 sq. mile designated “Area of Natural Beauty”, dotted by hills, fields, vineyards, and quiet roads. There are some wonderful opportunities for running in this beautiful countryside area, including hundreds of miles of trails. There are about 10 designated ‘walking routes’, several of which are perfect surface/terrain/distance for running. It’s about 20 miles west of Gatwick Airport.

Info on Park   Info on Walking Trails

The High Weald.

This “Area of Natural Beauty” is about 15 miles south of Gatwick. A medieval landscape of wooded, rolling hills studded with sandstone outcrops; small, irregular-shaped fields; scattered farmsteads; and ancient routeways. This is a vacation destination in itself. Some 1,500 miles of footpaths, bridleways and byways.

Info on High Weald   High Weald Running & Walking Trails
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