Discover the beauty of Surrey and Hampshire's picturesque landscapes this April by participating in the Rail to Trail Walking Festival, just a short train ride from Woking station.

The festival, funded by South Western Railway (SWR) and organised by the Hampshire, Isle of Wight, and New Forest Community Rail Partnerships, offers more than 20 guided walks led by passionate local experts.

Families, ramblers, and friends of all abilities are welcome to explore the breathtaking countryside, starting and ending at SWR stations.

Co-ordinated by Petersfield's Malinka Van Der Gaauw, the festival aims to connect Hampshire's railway network with sustainable walks, showcasing the region's hidden gems.

The walks are scheduled from April 6 to 14, coinciding with the Easter break, providing families an opportunity to enjoy free walks while relishing Easter eggs and the beauty of spring.

Lucy Lomax, SWR’s Community Rail Line officer, said: “The festival will help demonstrate how easy it is to enjoy a good walk while leaving the car at home.”

Malinka added: : “It’s an ambitious project spanning a wide geographic area, but all linked by SWR and providing walkers with a great choice of sustainable walks.”

To join these enriching walks, book your spot for free at