Explore this large area of heathland and pine woodland on this walk near Elstead in Surrey. There's lots of paths to follow with some moderate climbs and great views over the surrounding countryside.
The land is owned by the MOD so there may be training exercises at certain times but the area is also open to the public.
The common is located very close to the excellent Frensham Country Park where you will find more trails taking you around the beautiful Frensham Ponds and the surrounding woodland and heathland.
Just to the east is Thursley National Nature Reserve and Thursley Common. The Sculpture Park Churt and the Devil's Jumps.
These three small hills are located on the southern edge of the common. Follow the paths over Kettlebury Hill to reach them.
PostcodeGU10 2DD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Hankley Common Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Hankley Common Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Hankley Common OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Hankley Common Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
On the northern side of the common there's a couple of good options in Tilford. The Duke of Cambridge is a traditional English pub with a charming modern interior and a cosy log fire for colder days. In warmer weather there's a terrific large patio and garden area. You can find them on the Tilford Road at postcode GU10 2DD for your sat navs.
There's also the Barley Mow which is in a great spot overlooking the village green. They serve high quality dishes and also have a fine riverside garden. The inn won Best Surrey Pub in Surrey Life magazine’s Food & Drink Awards 2018. There's some interesting history too with the pub dating back to 1705. Inside there's old photographs and artifacts where you can learn about the history of the area.
The expansive common with its wide trails and woodland paths is ideal for dog walking. Do be aware that the MOD do use it as a training site so there can be firing sounds on occasion.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The circular Tilford Walk starts from the nearby village and skirts the edge of the common before heading to the nearby Frensham Ponds. The attractive settlement is well worth a visit with a pretty village green, cricket pitch and two medieaval stone bridges over the River Wey which runs through the settlement. For more walking ideas in the area see the Surrey Walks page.