Chobham Common visitor information

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Quick guide and location map

Horse riding in Chobham

This beautiful National Nature Reserve has lots to offer all through the year with sensational seasonal colour and an abundance of wildlife. Please always follow the Countryside Code.

Quick guide

  • Address and references: Staple Hill, Chobham, Woking GU24 8TU
    OS map reference: SU974648
    What3Words: impose.search.keys
  • Type of site: National Nature Reserve.
  • Accessibility: in summer, a hard track is available from Longcross car park suitable for mobility vehicles, otherwise this is not an accessible site.
  • Nearest accessible trail: Chobham Place Woods
  • Facilities: no refreshments or toilets onsite.
  • Nature to discover: birds, butterflies, dragonflies, reptiles and deer.
  • Dogs: please keep your dog under control.
  • Size: 574 hectares (2.21 square miles).

Location map

On the map below, use the plus symbol to zoom in to see the locations of the site's paths and car parks and the minus symbol to zoom out to view where the site is situated in Surrey, and to see other countryside sites nearby. The home symbol resets the map to the default setting.

Chobham Common is split into two by the M3 and has six free car parks located around the Reserve as follows:

  • Staple Hill car park postcode: KT16 0ED, What3Words: impose.search.keys OS reference: SU974648
  • Jubilee Mount car park (on Staple Hill) postcode: KT16 0ED, What3Words: wage.forms.splice OS reference: SU974648
  • Longcross car park (intersection of Longcross Road and Staple Hill) postcode: KT16 0ED, What3Words: trail.toned.soda OS reference: SU974648
  • Roundabout car park, postcode GU24 8TL, What3Words: needed.lance.shin OS reference: SU965649
  • Monument car park, postcode SL5 0HY, What3Words: editor.puppy.yard OS reference: SU964654
  • Fishpool car park, postcode GU24 8HN, What3Words: belts.themes.pose OS reference: SU993635

Please note: the OS reference for the first three car parks is the same: SU974648 and none of them are suitable for horse boxes.

Site details

Description

Chobham Common is one of only four National Nature Reserves (NNR) in Surrey and it is the largest inland NNR in the south-east of England. It has a picturesque classic British landscape, with large areas of open lowland heaths, wetlands and ponds. The Reserve provides great mini-habitats for animals and creatures and is home to many species of birds, flowers, butterflies and insects.

Visit Chobham Common at any time of the year to enjoy its beautiful natural scenery with abundant seasonal colour, wide open spaces, small ponds to discover and many trails to wander, many of them on level ground.

Please take care of our countryside and open spaces, particularly areas of heathland where fire risk is high and follow the Countryside Code.


What you can do here

  • Take long walks with great views across the vast landscape.
  • Enjoy family time exploring in a natural environment.
  • Dog walking: keep under control particularly during bird ground-nesting season, May to August.

Self-guided walks

There are many footpaths and bridleways across the common to wander and enjoy. We are in the process of installing new signposting and checking routes on Chobham Common.

Chobham Common and Albury Bottom Circular - from AllTrails


What you can see here and when

  • Colour all year round on the heathland.
  • Nature to discover: many species of birds recorded throughout the year; lots of butterflies spotted during late spring and summer; dragonflies particularly June to August. Reptiles, rabbits and roe deer can also be seen here. Browse the Surrey Wildlife Trust Wildlife Explorer to find out more about the wildlife that can be seen in Surrey.

Site management, contact and designations

Site management

We own Chobham Common and we manage public access, including looking after the car parks, walking trails and other visitor services.

You will find information about how this site is managed for conservation, including grazing of cattle and the wildlife to look out for at Surrey Wildlife Trust.


Contact

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Environmental designations of Chobham Common and what they mean

  • National Nature Reserves (NNRs) are designated by Natural England to protect the most important areas of wildlife habitat and geological formations in Britain.
  • Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) is a formal designations of conservation relating to rare species of flora and fauna in a site. Sites must be kept in a healthy state to protect their special habitats and features.
  • Chobham Common is part of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA). This is a designation under the European Directive relating to the conservation of wild birds.
  • Special Areas of Conservation (SACS) are protected areas in the UK as defined by central Government under specific categories.