Rural London Walk near Mayfield Lavender

Do not adjust your sets: this is London.  We set out for a country walk last weekend.  Usually we head down into leafy Surrey for our rambles, this time we thought that a rural London walk was in order.

Rural London Walk

Yep that leafy lane is London, albeit at the very Southern edge in fact for a mile or so we walked along the county border.  Our six mile circuit was entirely in farm or park land, occasionally we caught glimpses of the tower blocks of London glimmering in the distance.

Rural London Walk

This part of Sutton has a long history of lavender growing and the Mayfield Lavender Farm continues this tradition.  We started the walk striding out amid the rows of lavender, in the summer this makes for fine pictures but less so in the autumn. Click here for a map.

Do you have a favourite walk, rural or urban?



  1. December 3, 2017 / 1:38 am

    How lovely to have a little pocket of countryside like this on the edge of the city. It must be great to retreat away from the usual hustle and bustle like this.

    • December 3, 2017 / 9:50 am

      You can’t even hear the roar of the M25

  2. December 3, 2017 / 7:40 am

    HI Catherine, I had no idea London had areas like this! I always imagine it as a big and busy city and much much else. I don’t have a top favourite walk as there are some many nice ones here and it depends on my mood. But when we are in the UK, the walk along the river from Countess Wear into Exeter is one I enjoy doing. Probably because it brings back memories.


    • December 3, 2017 / 10:34 am

      Now I want to go to Exeter!

  3. December 3, 2017 / 8:12 am

    sadly everything in Dubai is either covered in Sand or in a Mall, we do have some outdoor parks and lakes in the desert, but due to the number of people living here and the limited space it’s always so busy. Most of our walks are with Bob around the streets where we live


    • December 3, 2017 / 10:34 am

      You have beaches which are in short supply in Surrey

  4. December 3, 2017 / 8:47 am

    Looks like lovely place to walk. We have a local country park that we like to walk around #mysundayphoto

    • December 3, 2017 / 10:33 am

      Country parks are fun places to explore

  5. December 3, 2017 / 9:16 am

    Are you sure you’re not in Norfolk? Hehe. Looks lovely. #MySundayPhoto

    • December 3, 2017 / 9:53 am

      Must be the Norfolk girl within that seeks out countryside!

  6. December 3, 2017 / 9:29 am

    Ah, so that’s Sutton is it? Bene ona few simialr walks on the Surrey / Croydon border before. #MySundayPhoto

    • December 3, 2017 / 9:54 am

      A very different beast to Sutton central!

    • December 3, 2017 / 10:06 am

      I have directed Father Christmas to your review pages so maybe I will have a new toy to capture them with soon …..

    • December 3, 2017 / 10:35 am

      True, that is a good walk which I haven’t done since moving away from north London!

  7. December 3, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    Sutton has some very pretty parts to explore and walk in. Lovely photos #mysundayphoto

    • December 3, 2017 / 12:54 pm

      One of London’s unsung boroughs

  8. helenvicjo
    December 3, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    Is there a link for the route – or did you just find it by yourself? We’re quite near Sutton, but hardly ever go there!

  9. December 3, 2017 / 5:49 pm

    I love that there are areas like this so close to London. It could be the middle of the countryside.

  10. December 3, 2017 / 10:17 pm

    Nice, and so close to London too. We walked the Wandle trail once. 18 miles approximately following the river Wandle until it meets the Thames.

    • December 3, 2017 / 11:02 pm

      I walked the Wandle trail once too. I was with a friend and only set out to do an hour there and back but we became entranced with getting to the mouth of the Wandle. I am ashamed to say that it took a long time to dawn us that it was going to be Wandsworth! Our adventure took a whole day rather than a morning …. oops

    • December 7, 2017 / 7:21 pm

      It’s not all concrete jungle!

  11. December 9, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    I lived in London for many years and loved the urban walks. Have you tried the one that goes from Finsbury Park all the way to Highgate?

    • December 9, 2017 / 9:06 pm

      I haven’t but it sounds great, I’m off to look at the maps now!

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