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Broadstreet, Backside & Rydes Commons

A mixture of semi-mature birch and oak woodlands and poor acidic grassland, these commons provide access to nature for local people. Managed on behalf of Surrey County Council.


Wood Street Village

OS Map Reference

SU 963 507
A static map of Broadstreet, Backside & Rydes Commons

Know before you go

158 hectares

Parking information

No car park - access on foot via Oak Hill or Broad Street


Not suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.


Dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit


About the reserve

In the past the commons had a range of uses including traditional foraging, timber harvesting, growing wheat and potatoes and recreation.

The present day landscape is a mixture of semi-mature birch and oak woodlands, poor acidic grassland and ponds that form a haven for wildlife on the busy urban centre of Guildford. 

The commons also provide a valuable resource to local people. The large housing estate of Park Barn lies to one side, with Woodstreet Village, Broadstreet, and Fairlands Estate both nestling on the boundaries.

Contact us

Contact number: 01483 795440
Contact email: info@surreywt.org.uk
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