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Chobham Common

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Chobham Common
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 04 May 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Cobham Common Walking Guidestar1 Cobham Common Walking Guidestar1 Cobham Common Walking Guidestar1 Cobham Common Walking Guidestar0 Cobham Common Walking Guide
Surrey, Chobham
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Chobham Common
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Cobham Common Walking Guide boot Cobham Common Walking Guide
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A 3.5 mile circular walk around Chobham Common, a beautiful nature reserve in Surrey. The walk follows the paths through the length of the common, giving you chance to enjoy views across the lowland heath and surrounding woodlands. A real favourite with dogs, with plenty of areas to run, paddle, play and explore.

The walk follows heath paths which will be very muddy after heavy rain. There are no stiles or gates and the climbs and descents are very gradual and long. The final section of the walk follows a narrow path through thick gorse (shorts are not advised!) and over a narrow low sleeper bridge. At certain times of the year temporary electric fence/gates are installed to allow cattle to graze so take care with dogs within any of these enclosures. The common is fairly remote so there are no refreshment or toilet facilities anywhere on the route. Approximate time 1.5 hours.

The walk starts from the free Staple Hill car park on the edge of Chobham Common. The car park is accessed from Staple Hill, just off the B386. The car park has a 2m height restriction barrier. Approximate post code GU24 8TP.

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Walk Sections

Staple Hill Car Park to Horse Ride
Staple Hill Car Park to Horse Ride

Start point: 51.3746 lat, -0.603 long
End point: 51.3728 lat, -0.6043 long

To start the walk come out of the car park, cross the road with care and then go straight ahead into the entrance for Chobham Common. After just a short distance, turn right onto a sandy footpath marked with a green arrow for the self-guided trail.

Follow the path running parallel to the road on the right. A little way along, the path comes very close to the road with a metal vehicle barrier to the right. Here you will see a waymarker with a black arrow marking the Horse Ride to the left.

Horse Ride to Gracious Pond Road
Horse Ride to Gracious Pond Road

Start point: 51.3728 lat, -0.6043 long
End point: 51.3637 lat, -0.5856 long

Turn sharp left here to join the Horse Ride. This long straight path takes you straight across the centre of the common.

Chobham Common is a 1,400 acre area of lowland heath, a type of habitat that is globally rare and threatened. It is managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust for nature conservation and recreational use. The common is a National Nature Reserve, an EU Special Protection Area (for the protection of rare birds) and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The site is an important breeding area for a number of rare animals including water voles, nightjars and sand lizards.

Continue along the main path, ignoring all the turns off to the left and right, for more than a mile. At the far side of the heathland you will pass through a small section of trees, and then the path emerges out onto the road next to a metal vehicle barrier.

Gracious Pond Road to Brook
Gracious Pond Road to Brook

Start point: 51.3637 lat, -0.5856 long
End point: 51.3718 lat, -0.5799 long

Turn left onto the road and follow the road edge with the common on the left. As the road bends sharp right, go straight on onto the wide track (signed as a footpath) immediately to the left of White Cottage. As this track bends right, fork left to go past a vehicle barrier onto the track into the woods. After just a few paces, fork left.

Follow the path ahead and then bending quite hard round to the right. A few paces further on, continue on the narrow footpath ahead climbing into the pine forest. Follow this path for some distance to pass under power lines. Soon afterwards you will come to a T-junction, turn left downhill. Follow the path as it bends left again, ignoring the path off to the right. The path crosses a brook with wooden fencing each side of the track.

Brook to Railway Sleepers
Brook to Railway Sleepers

Start point: 51.3718 lat, -0.5799 long
End point: 51.3755 lat, -0.5949 long

A few paces after crossing the brook, turn right onto a footpath marked with a blue arrow. Follow this path for nearly a mile, climbing gradually.

You will eventually reach a T-junction, turn right here. Ignore the next turning on the left and keep straight on, following the path as it slowly bends right. You will reach a section of track with railway sleepers laid to the right.

Railway Sleepers to Staple Hill Car Park
Railway Sleepers to Staple Hill Car Park

Start point: 51.3755 lat, -0.5949 long
End point: 51.3742 lat, -0.6019 long

A few paces later, turn sharp left and follow the path bending to the left. The path then straightens out, continue for about 200 yards. Take the first turning on the right.

Follow this narrow path as it winds through the thick gorse. The path goes over a wetland area via a low sleeper bridge and then climbs up a few well-spaced steps. The path emerges out directly opposite the gap in the hedge where the walk began. Go ahead and cross the road with care to return to the car park.

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5 responses to "Chobham Common"

A lovely place to explore. I did this walk as a different dog walk in the local area and loved it. I've been back three times in as many weeks, taking friends along too. If there has been a lot of constant rain, areas can be a little wet but as the water drains off quicly into the marshes, it's generally very good under foot.

By DebbieK on 2012-06-20 22:26:44

Just finished this lovely walk across the common. Very wet but we all enjoyed it.

By Richard on 2013-08-22 11:17:02

Lovely walk. Varied landscape. Easy instructions. Enjoyed it.

By Skm23435 on 2015-06-15 15:34:11

Very nice, good grounds, very quiet and easy to get to the start (and to park). Will definitely do again.

By dlkhain on 2016-04-08 16:14:44

Great walk and lots to see

By henryhewitt on 2016-10-29 16:51:09

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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