Worplesdon Commons

The Worplesdon Group of Commons comprise eight commons within the parish of Worplesdon near Guildford, some of them are inter-linking. They are:

  • Whitmoor and Rickford Commons (Saltbox Road car park)
  • Stringers and Britten's Pond (Britten's Pond car park off Saltbox Road)
  • Chitty's common, Stoughton
  • Rydes Hill, Stoughton
  • Broad Street, Wood Street village
  • Gooserye
  • Littlefield Common, Worplesdon

These commons provide valuable green space on the north side of Guildford's urban centre where you'll find heathland, woodland and various ponds to get away from it all. They were originally grazing lands for commoners, with the ponds created for grazing stock to drink from, they are now an abundant haven for wildlife and wildflower meadows. Pay a visit to these commons at any time of year and you'll always find something natural to experience.

Access to Britten's Pond is from Salt Box Road where there is a boardwalk and wheelchair-accessible viewing platform. Guildford Angling Society have fishing rights on Britten's Pond, helping to keep the ponds in good condition for wildlife.

Please take care of our countryside and open spaces, particularly heathland areas where fire risk is a constant threat. Take note of the Countryside Code.

The Worplesdon Group of Commons are owned and managed by Surrey County Council for public access including site management and litter bins, car park and visitor services including waymarked walking trails.

You will find information about how these sites are managed for conservation, grazing of cattle and the wildlife to look out for at Surrey Wildlife Trust's pages for:

Accessibility

There is a path and viewing platform around Britten's Pond that is accessible for wheelchairs or buggies although it can be muddy after heavy rainfall, find out more Britten's Pond easy access trail.

Good for

  • Abundant wildlife
  • Discovering pond life
  • Access to the natural environment
  • Getting away from it all
  • Varied walking self-guided trails
  • Outdoor education
  • Family natural play and picnics
  • Dog walking - under effective control

Facilities

  • Picnic areas dotted around - some picnic benches available
  • Pop up coffee van at Salt Box Road car park
  • 3 free car parks
  • Accessible boardwalk around Britten's Pond

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

Saltbox Road and Britten's Pond car parks GU3 3LH

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SU982 529

Car park location

There are three car parks, two of them on Saltbox Road, GU3 3LH

Burdenshott Road car park near the Jolly Farmer pub, GU3 3RN

Self-guided walking routes

There are two walking routes, one from Burdenshott Road car park and the other from Salt Box Road car park. We are updating waymarking on these routes. Follow the colour coded routes on the information boards in each car park and the waymarks en route.

There are two routes available from AllTrails.com :

Contact us

Send us any photos you take that you're happy to share on social media, tag @ExploreSurreyUK

If you need to get in touch to tell us about any issues on the Worplesdon commons:

Email: countryside.estate@surreycc.gov.uk

Phone : Contact us via our contact centre

Environmental designations of Worplesdon commons and what they mean

Local Nature Reserve (LNR). These are special areas designated by Natural England as being a natural resource contributing to biodiversity. They must be looked after by the local authority in whose area they are located.

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

Special Protection Areas (SPA). These are protected areas for birds in the UK. Whitmoor Common is part of the Thames Basin Heaths SPA heathland areas within the Thames Valley.