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Great Bookham Common Trail

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Great Bookham Common Trail
Author: Claire, Published: 19 Dec 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Great Bookham Common Trail Walking Guide star1 Great Bookham Common Trail Walking Guide star1 Great Bookham Common Trail Walking Guide star1 Great Bookham Common Trail Walking Guide star0 Great Bookham Common Trail Walking Guide
Surrey, Great Bookham
Walk Type: Woodland
Great Bookham Common Trail
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Great Bookham Common Trail Walking Guide
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A 2.5 mile easy-access circular trail around Great Bookham Common in Surrey. The common is managed by the National Trust, was mentioned in the Domesday Book and comprises grassland plains, mighty oak woods and serene ponds. There is plenty of wildlife to enjoy throughout the year, including nightingales in the spring and a large population of butterflies in the summer. There is even chance to spot the beautiful, but elusive, purple emperor butterfly.

The walk is relatively flat, with just some very gentle slopes. About 80 percent of the route follows a compacted stone path, with the remaining section along a grass track (which can be very muddy in winter). If you would prefer to stay on the surfaced path, you can turn around and retrace your steps once you reach the grass bridleway, resulting in a there-and-back route of 2 miles. The grass track has tall staggered horse-barriers at each end – these are about 1.4 metres high so most pushchairs and disability buggies should be able to pass under them quite easily. There are no other obstacles on route (no gates, stiles or steps). In the dry summer months, it would be possible to take a pushchair or disability buggy around the entire route, and the in the wetter months, the there-and-back option can be used instead. Dogs are welcome on the common (in fact, it’s a popular dog walking spot) and dog waste bins are provided. Allow 1 to 1.5 hours.

Great Bookham is located between Guildford and Leatherhead in Surrey. The walk starts and finishes from the Bookham Commons Tunnel car park which is managed by the National Trust. The car park is free for National Trust members or £4 per car for non-members (payable via mobile phone and debit or credit card). The car park is located on Church Road, just 150 metres east of Bookham rail station (ideal if you are coming by train).Turn left out of the station and you will find the car park on your left. Approximate post code KT23 3JG.

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Walk Sections

Start to Lakes
Start to Lakes

Start point: 51.2894 lat, -0.3807 long
End point: 51.2947 lat, -0.3848 long

Standing in the car park with your back to the vehicle entrance, walk ahead to reach the fork at the far end of the car park. Take the left-hand branch, the wide stone track passing immediately to the right of the National Trust covered information board. A few metres later, you will come to another fork. Take the left-hand branch again and follow this stone track marked with a blue arrow.

Ignore all the small woodland paths marked off to the sides, instead stay with the stone track. Part way along you will pass the signs for the Natural Play Area on your left (this is worth a visit if you fancy it). Further along, as you draw level with the first house on your left, ignore the bridleway signed right, instead stay on the main track ahead (passing the houses on your left).

As you come to an information board ahead, swing right for a few paces to reach a T-junction with another track. Turn right along this track (passing a small parking area on your right) to reach another fork. Take the right-hand branch, the stone path signed to Fetcham. A little way along, the track leads you over a ditch (marked with wooden posts) and soon afterwards you will see the first of the lakes on your right.

Nearly all the ponds and lakes on Bookham Commons are man-made, created by the monks from Chertsey Abbey for rearing fish and for watering livestock many years ago. The area is home to a wonderful array of aquatic life, including dragonflies, newts, grass snakes, toads and frogs. Yellow flags (wild iris), water mint, spearwort and water-plantain thrive in the damp ground and at the water’s edge.

Lakes to Top of Broadway
Lakes to Top of Broadway

Start point: 51.2947 lat, -0.3848 long
End point: 51.2988 lat, -0.3758 long

Continue on the bridleway ahead, passing a second lake on your right (Upper Eastern Pond). Just beyond this you will see a path on your right signed to the Upper Eastern Pond Bird Hide, which you can visit should you wish. 50 metres after passing the access path for the bird hide, you will come to a T-junction. If you need to stay on the surfaced paths, now is the time to turn around and re-trace your steps back to the car park.

For the full route, turn left and then keep left again at the next two small forks. Pass through (or underneath) the wooden staggered horse barriers and continue straight ahead on the tree-lined unmade woodland path. This woodland path is known as the Broadway.

There are several veteran oak trees within the common that support a huge amount of wildlife. In the autumn, you can hear the hooting of tawny owls at dusk here and in the spring the drumming of great spotted woodpeckers. Towards the top of the Broadway there is one large oak tree that is used as a master tree by the population of purple emperor butterflies in June and July. The tree is used as a staging post where the males fight to protect their territory and the females come to mate.

Pass through or under the next horse barrier and continue straight ahead on the Broadway woodland path. At the top of the Broadway, you will come to a T-junction with another surfaced path.

Top of Broadway to End
Top of Broadway to End

Start point: 51.2988 lat, -0.3758 long
End point: 51.2897 lat, -0.3805 long

Turn left to join this surfaced track (known as High Point Path) and follow this for some distance. At the junction marked with blue arrows, stay with the main surfaced track ahead and then swinging left. The track winds ahead and you will emerge to a junction with the Fetcham Bridleway (which you should recognise from your outward leg).

Turn right for a few paces (passing the small parking area on your left) then fork left (passing the covered information board on your right). Stay with the surfaced track as it swings sharp left, leading you past the row of houses on your right. Now simply continue straight ahead on this track, passing the Natural Play Area (across to your right), to reach the T-junction at the end. Turn right for a few paces to reach the car park where the walk began.

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1 comments for "Great Bookham Common Trail"

Would help if directions said 'with station on left car park is 100 yards on the left'

ADMIN RESPONSE: The Getting There directions already says that the car park is 150 metres east of the station. Further to your comment, we have added an extra sentence to help people find the car park from the station (for those coming by train). 'Turn left out of the station and you will find the car park on your left'. Remember, always use the GPS Live Map on the App to help with navigation (both to find the start and find your way round).

By henryhewitt on 01 Jan 2017

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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