Broadstreet, Backside & Rydes Commons
Know before you go
Parking informationNo car park - access on foot via Oak Hill or Broad Street
Not suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitMay-August
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.