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The Route of the London Green Belt Way

Currently this site and page is being updated mid July 2019

The Green Belt Way is a 237 mile long distance path around London's green belt It meanders through beautiful countryside and passes many interesting sites. Described here are some of the landmarks and history of the places you pass on the walk. Follow the links to see an Interactive Map of the Whole Route, to read a Summary of The Places We Pass and to see a List of Paths which Link with the walk.

There is information about the terrain and difficulty of each stage. Do not expect to be walking along a flat route as there are many hilly parts of the course, especially through the Chilterns, Epping Forest and along the North Downs. If you visit the London Green Belt Way Page on the Long Distance Walkers Association Website, you can see that by using GPS they find a total ascent of 13,829 feet (4,221 meters).

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What You'll Pass On Route

Map & Stage Distance

Photos of the Stage

Notes on Terrain



Hampton Court Palace to Staines Pier

The start is inside the main entrance to Hampton Court Palace. The leg is mainly on the Thames Path. It crosses the Thames at two points, Hampton Court and Walton Bridges.  Diverts on road, through Lower Halliford, Old Shepperton and then again along the Thames, past, Shepperton, Chertsey and Penton Hook Locks to finish at Staines Pier Read More..

Map 1

13 miles

 Photos 1

Flat and easy underfoot along the River Thames Path.


Staines Pier to Windsor & Eton Riverside

Mostly towpath and parkland - the route crosses Staines Bridge, then follows the Thames before crossing the road at Runnymede and climbs up a steep hill past the John F Kennedy Memorial. The acre of ground around the memorial is officially part of the United States of America. Soon the long trek through the Great Park leads to and around Windsor Castle to finish at Windsor & Eton Riverside Station. Read More..

Map 2

8.75 miles

Photos 2

Mainly flat with one big climb just after 3 miles. Good underfoot along Thames Path and through parkland and around Windsor Castle.


Windsor & Eton Riverside to Bourne End

The route follows the Thames Path all the way. At times the path can be narrow, so be aware. The route crosses Windsor Bridge to Eton, then turns left to follow the Thames past Boveney, Dorney Lake. Oakley Court and Bray Studios are soon visible across the river. Next is Bray village, then through Maidenhead, and Cookham to Bourne End.  Read More..

Map 3

11.1 miles

 Photos 3

Flat and good underfoot along Thames Path.


Bourne End to West Wycombe

The first 2 miles are flat, following the Thames Path and then through Spade Oak Nature Reserve to Little Marlow. The rest of the stage is tough and very hilly with many steep climbs and mostly off-road through the Chiltern Hills. The route goes up around the back of High Wycombe to finish just past the National Trust owned village of West Wycombe at Pedestal Roundabout at junction of A40 and A4010.  Read More..

Map 4

10.75 miles

 Photos 4

Can be muddy through Spade Oak Nature reserve. Very hilly after Little Marlow. Some parts uneven underfoot and can get slippery if wet.


West Wycombe to Old Amersham

Tough from the start. we climb up to Downley, then drop down through the woods before climbing steeply to Hughenden Manor (National Trust). Immediately, descend again to follows Hughenden Stream, then climb up Boss Lane to Great Kingshill and rolling through Prestwood to join the South Bucks Way at Little Kingshill and follow it through Little Missenden. Then along River Misbourne through the Shardeloes Estate, before diverting to Old Amersham.  Read More..

Map 5

12.25 miles

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Very hilly for the first 6 miles to Prestwood. Then gently undulating and flat for the rest. Can be muddy in parts.


Old Amersham to Chipperfield

A tough walk through the rolling Chiltern Hills taking in Chess Valley Walk, Chilterns Way and Hertfordshire Way. Starts in Old Amersham, near St Marys Church. Passes Martyrs Memorial on the hill above Amersham, then through Chiltern Forest, Latimer, Flaunden and Chipperfield Common to finish just north of Chipperfield War Memorial.  Read More..

Map 6

8.1 miles

 Photos 6

One of the shorter stages, but hilly from the start and throughout. Lots of fields and forest which can get muddy if wet.


Chipperfield to St Albans Abbey Station

Starts at Two Brewers Inn, Chipperfield. Passes through Kings Langley where we join the Grand Union Canal for a short distance. Then thru Bedmond and Potters Crouch before descending past the Roman wall into Verulamium Park, then past St Albans Cathedral to finish at St Albans Abbey Station Read More..

Map 7

9 miles

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Undulating, but with no big hills. Half off-road and half on narrow lanes and paths between houses. Mostly good underfoot.


Letty Green to Dobbs Weir

The stage starts next to the old platform of Cole Green Station on the Cole Green Way, a disused railway line which has been converted to a cycle path and bridleway. The railway opened in 1858 and connected Welwyn to Hertford, but was closed in 1966 as a consequence of The Beeching Report.

The route follows the Cole Green Way to Hertford. It passes through the old part of this county town taking in the castle and grounds, then joins the River Lee Navigation through Ware to finish on the bank of the canal at Dobbs Weir.  Read More..

Map 8

10.7 miles

 Photos 8

Almost all flat and good underfoot with just one climb at 2.4 miles. Follows a disused railway line (now footpath / cycle track) to just before Hertford. Then joins the Lee Valley Path to the finish.


Dobbs Weir to High Beach

From Dobbs Weir we follow the River Lee Navigation through Broxbourne, Waltham Abbey and past Enfield Lock. On this part of the stage it's almost impossible to go off-course, unless you make a decision to jump into the canal or take a path away from it. At Enfield Lock the course leaves the Lee Valley Walk and joins the route of the London Loop for over a mile, then turns left through Epping Forest to finish on the green at High Beach.  Read More..

Map 9

10.8 miles

 Photos 9

Flat and easy underfoot for the first 8 miles. Big climb up to Lippitts Hill at 9 miles then mainly flat to the finish. After 8 miles parts can be muddy if wet.


High Beach to Toot Hill

The first half of the stage goes cross country through Epping Forest and Bell Common to Epping. At Epping Station we join the Essex Way for the way, passing through tiny village of Coopersale Street, and Gernon Bushes Nature Reserve at Coopersale, to the finish in the village of Toot Hill. Our route for the last half mile diverts from the Essex Way to take a more practical, yet no less interesting route to Toot Hill.  Read More.. 

Map 10

9.85 miles

 Photos 10

The first mile is mainly flat, the next 3 to Bell Common are very hilly, but the paths are quite good. The last 5 miles are undulation and in places can be very muddy if wet.


Toot Hill to Blackmore

The stage starts in the middle of the village of Toot Hill just north of the Green Man Pub at the junction of Mill Lane and Toot Hill Road. The route is almost completely off-road. We follow the Essex Way to and through Greensted and onto Chipping Ongar. Here we divert off the Essex Way to take in some of the sights and history of this old town. On leaving Chipping Ongar we rejoin the Essex Way for a short distance, before leaving it for one last time. Our route then follows St Peters Way through High Ongar and for most of the way to the finish at Blackmore.  Read More..

Map 11

7.5 miles

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The whole route is undulating and can be muddy in places. There are many stiles and kissing gates along the course, especially in the first 1.25 miles.


Blackmore to Thorndon Park

The stage starts just across Blackmore Green in the entrance to Church Street and just before the Bull Inn. It follows St Peter's Way for over a mile to Fryerning then through the village and across open fields to Mountnessing. Next is Begrums with its water tower, then Hutton with its nature reserve and old church. From here we go cross-country to Ingrave, past the huge pile of Thorndon House and through the park to the finish at the Thorndon Park North Visitors Centre.  Read More..

Map 12

11.7 miles

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The whole route is mainly flat or gently undulating. It crosses many fields where generally the paths are good and well defined. However, if wet or not maintained properly can slow you down.


Thorndon Park to Thames Chase

The stage starts at the south of the car park next to the gate to Thorndon Park North Countryside Centre. As well as the park, the route takes in many other properties owned by the Thames Chase Community Forest, including Warley Gap, Codham Hall Woods and Franks Wood. We pass through Little Warley, Great Warley and skirt the outside of Upminster on our way to the finish at the Thames Chase Forest Centre at Broadfields Farm.  Read More..

Map 13

6.7 miles

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This is part flat & undulating. It can can get muddy. High metal stiles at level crossing at 5.8 miles BEWARE FAST TRAINS. Take care crossing golf course at end of stage


Thames Chase to Chafford Hundred Station

The stage starts at the Thames Chase Forest Centre, the headquarters of the Thames Chase Community Forest. It was built on the site of Broadfields Farm. The route passes through the old village of Cranham, then Cranham Marsh Nature Reserve, Corbets Tey, Belhus Country Park, Belhus Chase and the town of Aveley. For the last two miles we follow the Mardyke Way through Davy Down, then through Stifford Green and Warren Gorge Nature Reserve to finish at Chafford Hundre Railway Station.  Read More..

Map 14

11.0 miles

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The route is basically flat appart from mile 10 through Warren Gorge Nature Reserve. The only things to slow you down are stiles and some places becoming wet and muddy.


Stone Crossing Station to Lullingston Park

From start go north to soon join the River Thames. Then turn upstream along the riverbank for 3.5 miles, where we join the Darent Valley Path to Dartford and on through the villages of Darenth, Farningham and Eynsford. Then past the Roman Villa remains and the castle at Lullingston to the finish at Lullingstone Park Visitor's Centre.  Read More..

Map 15

16.3 miles

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Mainly flat and on towpaths. Can be muddy in places. Climbs at 13.2 miles out of Farningham and 14.3 before Lullingstone.


Lullingstone Park to Tatsfield

This stage continues south along the Darent Valley Path for almost five miles passing through the villages of Shoreham and Otford. There is one diversion of the Path just before Otford. At Otford the route also joins the North Downs Way, but diverts off the Way to take in Chevening Church and Park. Shortly afterwards following the Pilgrims Way along narrow country lanes, then back onto the North Downs Way, before diverting off-road again to Tatsfield.  Read More..

Map 16

12.7 miles

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First 5 miles is gently undulation along river paths & through fields. A huge climb at 7 miles followed by a rapid descent. Flat along the Pilgrims Way (road) from 8 to 10.5 miles, then hilly to the finish. 


Tatsfield to Merstham

The route is mainly off-road and undulating, along the Pilgrims and North Downs Ways. Expect a few good climbs and one of the most impressive descents of the whole walk. There are reptiles and dark secrets near the start. Along the route you’ll encounter stately homes; Roman Villas; ancient Celtic Temples; one of the UK’s largest vineyards; an ancient Pilgrim fort; the highest point on the North Downs Ridge; some great views to the north over London and south across Surrey and the Weald; the odd helicopter parked in front gardens; relics from world wars; our industrial past and great storms; plus the oldest existing remains of a rail track in the world.  Read More…

Map 17

11.2 miles

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Flat for first 1.2 miles, then very hilly for the rest along the North Downs Way to In general the path is good, but some places can get muddy. Expect steps at 3.5 and 6.5 miles plus a huge descent at 9.5 miles


Merstham to Boxhill

The stage starts outside the Feathers Hotel and next to the A23 at Merstham. The route follows the North Downs Way past Merstham Cricket Club and across Reigate Hill Golf Club, then through the Royal Alexandra & Albert School at Gatton Park, and up on to Reigate Hill. At Buckland Heights we divert from the NDW to stay on top of the Downs escarpment passing a few very impressive properties and some great views. At Pebble Coombe we join an ancient trackway along Tye Lane to Headley Village. Then divert south through Headley Heath to rejoin the NDW and finish at the Boxhill Information Centre.  Read More …

Map 18

10.05 miles

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A mixture of flat, hills & undulating. The route climbs gradually for over 2 miles to Reigate Hill. It then undulates gently near the top of the escarpment with a few short sharp climbs and descents. Again path is good but can get muddy in places.


Boxhill to West Hanger

Box Hill is National Trust property and a beautiful place to start a walk from. There are so many options with footpaths going off in all directions. The North Downs Way chooses to take the steep decent down to the stepping stones over the River Mole. Cyclists and runners choose the road down the Zig-Zag. Our route will follow Fort Road which goes gently off the hill, past Burford Bridge and then climb through the village of West Humble and up onto the Downs behind Denbies Vineyard. Here we join the North Downs Way and follow it to the finish, above the lovely village of Shere, at the West Hanger picnic area. It’s a beautiful route, but be warned, it’s hilly.  Read More…

Map 19

9.65 miles

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Hilly with a long steep descent from Boxhill and long steep climb to join the North Downs Way above Denbies in first 2.34 miles. From here it is almost all off road following the North Downs Way as it climbs and fall near to the top of the escarpment


West Hanger to Ripley

From West Hanger we continue along the North Downs Way for just over half a mile then turn right to go north and gradually downhill off the Downs. The views of West London and Heathrow Airport to the right and Woking in front are impressive. We cross over the busy A25 and pass through the picturesque village of East Clandon, then on through the Ryde Estate and along lanes past Ockham to finish on The Green in the historic village of Ripley.  Read More…

Map 20

6.15 miles

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Flat for 0.57 miles then gradually downhill to a busy road crossing at 2.13 miles. Flat to the finish with just one gentle hill at 3.27 miles. Some places around 3.5 miles can get muddy. 


Ripley to Walton Bridge

The stage starts on the path just past the cottages facing onto Ripley Green. This is across the High Street from the T-junction with Rose Lane and a few yards to the right. Our route follows a path across the Green then turns left to join the River Wey Navigation at Walsham Lock. We follow the Wey, mainly surrounded by green open space and pasture, through West Byfleet, New Haw, Addlestone and Weybridge to Thames Lock. Our route then joins the Desborough Cut to finish on the River Thames at Walton Bridge.  Read More…

Map 21

8.45 miles

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Flat and easy underfoot following good footpaths along the River Wey Navigation and the Desborough Cut of the River Thames.


Walton Bridge to Hampton Court Maze

The route crosses the River Thames, going firstly north for half a mile to the Fordbridge Roundabout, then east through Lower Sunbury, past the Hampton Waterworks and through Hampton Village. We then follow a scenic route through Bushy Park and finish in the middle of the maze in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace. It’s a bit of a strange way to finish the walk, but you’ll enjoy the scenery and the places you pass on route.  Read More…

Map 22

8.6 miles

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Flat and easy underfoot. On pavements for the first 4.5 miles then through Bushy Park before finishing in Hampton Court Maze.

Whole Route

Hampton Court Palace to Hampton Court Maze

This is a new footpath around the Green Belt of London. It is 222.9 miles long and starts and finishes at Hampton Court Palace. It has been developed over the last 16 year.  Read More …

Map of the Whole Route

222.5 miles



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