Puttenham Common

Large areas of heathland, grassland, woodland and large ponds combine to provide 235 hectares of public open space that is Puttenham Common.

So much wildlife, flora, fauna and pond life to discover as well as wide expansive views towards Farnham in the west, Elstead and the undisturbed areas of military-owned land to the south and east towards Compton and on to Guildford.

Please take care of our countryside and open spaces. Take note of the Countryside Code.

Puttenham Common is managed by Surrey County Council on behalf of the Hampton Estate who own the land. We look after public access including general site management and litter bins, car parks and visitor services including waymarked walking trails.

This site is managed for conservation by Surrey Wildlife Trust.


  • Not suitable for wheelchair users on undulating surfaces and sandy tracks
  • Some buggies could access the tracks to benches and picnic areas
  • Royal Common easy access trail near Elstead village


  • Four free car parks
  • Self-guided trails
  • Many benches and picnic areas
  • Several large ponds for wildlife watching

Good for

  • Get-away-from-it-all wide open spaces
  • Fairly flat walking trails on sandy surfaces
  • Dog walking - under effective control
  • Historic archaeological interest - Highbury Hill fort remains probably dating back to the Iron Age
  • Remnants of military training areas from WWII
  • The North Downs Way national trail runs through the estate
  • Wonderful displays of heather from late summer

Nearest postcode for site, What3Words and O/S map reference

GU10 1JH



Car park locations

Top and Middle car parks on Suffield Lane, GU10 1JJ

Britty's Wood and Puttenham Tarn car parks on Littleworth Road, GU10 1JH

Self-guided trails

We are installing new waymarking and checking routes on Puttenham Common. Here are some existing routes to enjoy:


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If you need to get in touch with us, please email countryside.estate@surreycc.gov.uk

Phone : Contact us via our contact centre

Environmental designations of Puttenham Common and what they mean

Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) covers a quarter of the county of Surrey. The AONB was designated for conservation due to its significant landscape value in 1958 and enjoys levels of protection from development.

A Scheduled Ancient Monument is an historic site or building that is included in the national government Schedule of Monuments.

A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) as they are commonly known, are formal designations of conservation. Sites must be kept in a healthy state to protect their special habitats and features.