Chobham Common Walk
Enjoy a circular walk or cycle around this large common in Surrey. The common covers hundreds of acres and has a series of good footpaths over grassland, lowland heath and woodland. The area is also crisscrossed with wide bridleways which are ideal for an off road cycle.
Chobham Common is the largest National Nature Reserve in the south east of England. As such there is a diverse range of flora and fauna. Look out for over 100 species of bird including the rare dartford warbler, the hobby and the nightjar. In the wetland areas look out for frogs, newts, adders, grass snakes, lizards, slow worms, foxes and possibly deer. Plants and flowers include purple heather, gorse and orchids. It's a really attractive area with lots of nice stony footpaths to follow. You could easily spend a few hours strolling around looking out for wildlife.
This circular walk starts at the car park on Staple Hill and follows various footpaths past Albury Bottom to Gracious Pond. You then follow woodland paths and bridleways back to the car park.
If you would like to continue your walk then you could head a few miles north to the lovely Virginia Water Lake.
PostcodeGU24 8QX - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Chobham Common Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Chobham Common Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Chobham Common OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Chobham Common Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The White Hart is in a great location in Chobham village. It's in an idyllic spot, next to the village green and cricket pitch. With a nice outdoor seating area it's the perfect place to relax after your walk. The pub also has an interesting history, with the building originally dating from the 1500's. The timber frame of the property is built around a pair of shops standing at right angles to the road, and the original inn had stabling for six horses behind. You can find the pub on the High Street at a postcode of GU24 8AA.
On the southern fringes of the common there's also the Red Lion. There's a good menu and another nice garden area here. You can find it in Burrowhill on 15 Red Lion Rd at postcode GU24 8RG.
The common's miles of wide tracks are great for dog walking and you will probably see plenty of other owners on your outing. They can go off the lead in most places too. The White Hart and Red Lion pubs mentioned above are also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head a few miles north west and you'll find the expansive Bracknell Forest. There's excellent cycling and walking opportunities here with lots of pretty villages and a decent visitor centre with cycle hire.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Surrey Walks page.