I’m bored of hiking. This is shocking. And not quite true.
I usually go hiking somewhere around London, in places that are reachable within a 1-2hs train journey. More 1 hour than 2, actually. That limits the area to Surrey, Kent, Essex, Hertforshire and maybe Sussex.
And I must say, after 100 hikes or so in these areas, they all start to look the same or at least similar. Fields, woods, and fields again. They have similar features and they are flat like a French pancake. (Maybe with a few exeptions like the Chilterns.)
I started to follow a few hiking groups on Facebook where people post pictures of their hikes within UK or around the world. And God! I’m so jealous. Even of the rolling hills of Lake District, not speaking of the Scottish Highlands or ‘exotic’ destinations like Utah and Arizona in the States. I want drama, baby! Drama! See something different. Something unusual. Preferably reachable within a day.
Don’t get me wrong, I’d LOVE to go travelling for a weekend or longer, but then time and money are precious 😦 . And unfortunately, mountains (high or small), caves, gorges and waterfalls are not really around the corner from lovely London.
So now my question to my fellow hikers who live/hike in the surounding counties of London: do you know any unusual/spectacular places where I could go hiking? Do you have a favourite place? Anywhere that is far off the backyard-feeling of the flat South West? Anything that is … different? I’d be happy for every advice!