Steep Hills in London

Q. Hi,

Do you have any steep hill walks close to London / on public transport where I could do a day trip?

I have signed up for a charity trek in The Himalayas in less than 2 months. I really need to do some training - steep hill walking. But it seems to be flat all around London.

Any suggestions?

Sarah Conry


A. Steep Hills - North London = Muswell hill. Buses from Kentish Town and Turnpike Lane Tube.

Steep Hills - South London = Shooters Hill. Buses, I don't know.

Both excellent [good pavements]. If you are already an athlete, run up 'em.

Ed Smith, Bangkok


A. Plenty of walks encompass a climb or two. The North Downs from Otford (head east), the Chilterns (head north) - Wendover, Princes Risborough, Cookham, Haslemere.

These are just some walking areas that aren't flat, make the walks longer, min 12-14 miles, increase the pace and good luck!

Nat Pabla, London


A. Not sure there are any steep hills near London - but you could always try the stairmaster at your local gym.

However, despite the Himalayas comprising really high steep mountains - trekking holidays there tend to follow mountain pass routes where the gradients are more gentle (not flat - but not really steep either).

I would make sure you have a really comfortable, well worn in pair of walking boots suitable for rough and rocky terrain and work on your long distance walking stamina.

Hope this helps

Mike (Editor)


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