Rodborough Common

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 good for picnicking.

Rodborough Common is located in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is a Local Nature Reserve.

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

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.


  • The common is fairly flat but there are hills when you reach Thursley Nature Reserve
  • Path from the car park 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

Good for

  • Large open space to explore and picnic
  • Seasonal colour on this heathland site
  • Many peaceful sandy trails to wander
  • Dog walking - under effective control
  • Nature watching - butterflies, birdlife and heathland reptiles and invertebrates
  • Historic interest - during WWII the area was used as a military training ground
  • Access to Thursley National Nature Reserve
  • The Greensand Way long distance trail is nearby


  • Large free car park
  • Self-guided walking routes
  • Bus routes 71, 72, 503 serve Milford which is 15 minutes walk away

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.

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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.

Self-guided walking routes

There is one 1.5 mile waymarked trail 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 waymarks en route.


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Environmental designations of Rodborough 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 Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI) designation is given to sites that have substantive local nature conservation and geological value.

Local Nature Reserves (LNR) are special areas 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.