Quick guide and location map
This pretty common, to the west of Milford, is part of Thursley National Nature Reserve and has joyous seasonal colours and an abundance of wildlife to discover throughout the year. Please always follow the Countryside Code.
- Address and references: Milford, Surrey GU8 5BJ
OS grid reference: TQ014458
- Type of site: Local Nature Reserve, heathland
- Accessibility: mostly flat and some paths suitable for wheelchairs and buggies.
- Facilities: free car park, bike park, no toilets or refreshments onsite.
- Nature to discover: butterflies, birds, heathland reptiles and invertebrates.
- Dogs: please keep your dog under control.
- Size: 62 hectares (153 acres).
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Located to the west of Milford, the hidden gem of Rodborough Common is part of the large heathland open space of Thursley National Nature Reserve, which is managed by Natural England. There are many sandy paths to wander along, far reaching views and areas of natural woodland and open spaces that are good for picnicking. Historic interest - during WWII the area was used as a military training ground.
Rodborough Common is located in the Surrey Hills National Landscape, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is a Local Nature Reserve.
Please take care of our countryside and open spaces by following the Countryside Code.
What you can do here
- Explore large open space
- Enjoy a picnic, benches available at various locations onsite
- Wander along many peaceful sandy trails
- Cycle along designated bridleways
- Dog walking - under effective control
- Access to Thursley National Nature Reserve
- The Greensand Way long distance trail is nearby
There is one 1.5 mile trail with signposts at Rodborough Common. Others are being planned and developed including an Easy Access trail. Follow the colour coded routes on the information board and the signposts along the way.
What you can see here and when
- Seasonal colour on this heathland site: bluebells in the spring and heather August to November, yellow gorse over winter months.
- Nature to discover: lots of birds and some mammals can be seen throughout the year, also many species of butterflies can be spotted on sunny days in the late spring and summer. Birds include: fieldfare, stonechat and nightingale. Butterflies include: the Adonis Blue and the Duke of Burgundy. Mammals: rabbits, bats and mice. Heathland reptiles and invertebrates may also be seen here. Visit Surrey Wildlife Trust website for more information about what you can see at Rodborough Common.
- The common is fairly flat but there are hills when you reach Thursley Nature Reserve
- One path from the car park, towards S4P B1kepark, suitable for wheelchairs or buggies
- Benches dotted around the site
- Witley Common Easy Access trail nearby (please note car park payable unless NT member)
- Royal Common Easy Access trail is one mile east of Elstead.
- Large free car park
- S4P B1KEPARK professionally constructed bike jumps are owned and managed independently of SCC. The bike park is accessed from the eastern end of Rodborough Common car park and is approximately 200m from there. Please walk your bike along the path when accessing the park.
- No toilet or refreshments onsite.
- Bus routes 71, 72, 503 serve Milford which is 15 minutes walk away.
Car park location
The entrance is off the southbound slip road to the A3 at Portsmouth Road, A3100 /A283, Milford. The surfaced access track goes under the A3 with a two metre height restriction and the car park is located to the west side of the A3.
Site management, contact and designations
Rodborough Common is owned and managed by Surrey County Council for public access including site management and litter bins, car park and visitor services.
You will find more information about how this site is managed for conservation and the wildlife to look out for here Surrey Wildlife Trust.
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Environmental designations of Rodborough Common and what they mean
Surrey Hills National Landscape, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) covers a quarter of the county of Surrey. The Surrey Hills AONB was created in 1958 for conservation due to its significant landscape value and enjoys levels of protection from development. Find out more about the Surrey Hills.
Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI) is a designation given to sites that have substantive local nature conservation and geological value.
Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is a special area designated by Natural England as being a natural resource contributing to biodiversity. Local Nature Reserves must be looked after by the local authority in whose area they are located.
Rodborough Common LNR forms part of the Thursley National Nature Reserve (NNR), one of four NNRs located in Surrey.