Puttenham Common

Puttenham Common

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Remnant lowland heath with woodland, rolling hills and stunning views, as well as several large waterbodies. Owned by the Hampton Estate. Public access managed by Surrey County Council


Nearest postcode: GU10 1JJ

OS Map Reference

A static map of Puttenham Common

Know before you go

253 hectares

Parking information

Access via Top and Middle Car Parks on Suffield Lane and Tarn and Britty’s Wood Car Parks on Littleworth Road


Public access managed by Surrey County Council

Not suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.


Under effective control


Picnic area

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

June to October

About the reserve

Privately owned by the Hampton Estate, Public access on Puttenham Common is managed by Surrey County Council.

In the summer months, large swathes of beautiful blooming bell heather and ling dominate the open areas of the common, with areas of oak and Scots pine. There are also several large ponds with associated wetland and carr areas, which contain a good range of aquatic plants and invertebrates including Great crested newts.

Many birds visit the reserve, including great crested grebes, green woodpecker, grey heron and heathland specialists such as nightjar. Adders can be seen basking in the sun on the southern facing slopes and a fine display of fungi species are present during early autumn.

The site is also a great reserve to see butterflies and dragonflies, which patrol the sandy paths.

Puttenham Common is of high archaeological interest. Substantial finds have been recorded from almost every period. The main feature is the Hill Fort at Hillbury which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, probably dating back to the Iron Age. The reserve was also used extensively by the military during World War 2 with evidence including slit trenches and rifle range butts.

Contact us

Surrey County Council
Contact number: 0300 200 1003

Environmental designation

Scheduled Ancient Monument
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map

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