GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Puttenham Common Walks

3 miles (5 km)

Enjoy a peaceful walk through the woodland and heathland of Puttenham Common in the North Downs, near Guildford. There are several large ponds and wetland areas that attract a wide variety of wildlife including great crested grebes and grey herons. Look out for roe deerand green woodpecker in the woodland areas. There are also some good bridleways which are suitable for cyclists with mountain bikes.
This walk just takes you around Puttenham Common but you could easily extend your walk by heading west to the nearby Crooksbury Common where you can climb Crooksbury Hill for super views of the area.
You could also pick up the Fox Way or North Downs Way which run past the common.
Puttenham Common lies a few miles west of Guildford. You could follow the North Downs Way from Guildford straight to the common. It will take you through some nice woodland and past Compton, Littleton and Loseley Park.

Postcode

GU3 1BE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Puttenham Common OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Puttenham Common Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Head into Puttenham and you can visit The Good Intent Pub for some post walk refreshments. There's a fine interior with wooden beams and a cosy fireplace. There's also a nice beer garden for warmer days. They have a good menu and can be found in the village at postcode GU3 1AR for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The expansive common is a great place to walk your dog and they can be off leads in most areas too. The Good Intent Pub mentioned above is also very dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the west of the common you will find the historic Waverley Abbey. There's some nice trails here around the 12th century abbey grounds and along the River Wey.
Head east and you can visit the noteworthy Hog's Back. This elevated ridge is a great place to enjoy views north to the landmarks of the city of London and south across the beautiful Downs countryside.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Surrey Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Puttenham Common - geograph.org.uk - 81617

One of the bracken-covered open parts of the common.

Heather on Puttenham Common. - geograph.org.uk - 136541

Pretty heather on Puttenham Common in the August of 2003. Looking north from a sandy area towards the long ridge of the Hog's Back.

Puttenham Common - geograph.org.uk - 81597

Autumnal beech woodland at the very top right corner of the square.

Hillside on Puttenham Common - geograph.org.uk - 453915

Hillside on Puttenham Common Looking northwest, down a grassy slope to the beech, birch and oaks of the common. The earth around the bench is red - this is on the Greensand Ridge which runs parallel to the North Downs, on its southern side.

The Tarn, Puttenham Common - geograph.org.uk - 1210051

The Tarn, Puttenham Common

General's Pond, Puttenham Common - geograph.org.uk - 453906

General's Pond, Puttenham Common. A quiet corner of the common with rhododendrons brightening up the green foliage of the deciduous trees - one of which here has recently toppled onto the water.

Cuttmill Pond, Puttenham Common, Surrey - geograph.org.uk - 1210057

Cuttmill Pond, Puttenham Common, Surrey

Puttenham Common - geograph.org.uk - 81623

Taken looking west from the viewpoint near the bottom right of the square.

GPS Files

GPX File

Puttenham Common.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Puttenham Common.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)