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Great Bookham Common Trail is a 2.6 mile loop trail located near Leatherhead, Surrey, England that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 2.6 mi Elevation gain 314 ft Route type Loop
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A circular trail around Great Bookham Common in Surrey. The common is managed by the National Trust, was mentioned in the Domesday Book and comprises grassland plains, mighty oak woods and serene ponds. There is plenty of wildlife to enjoy throughout the year, including nightingales in the spring and a large population of butterflies in the summer. There is even chance to spot the beautiful, but elusive, purple emperor butterfly. The walk is relatively flat, with just some very gentle slopes. About 80 percent of the route follows a compacted stone path, with the remaining section along a grass track (which can be very muddy in winter). If you would prefer to stay on the surfaced path, you can turn around and retrace your steps once you reach the grass bridleway, resulting in a there-and-back route of 2 miles. The grass track has tall staggered horse-barriers at each end; these are about 1.4 metres high so most pushchairs and disability buggies should be able to pass under them quite easily. There are no other obstacles on route (no gates, stiles or steps). In the dry summer months, it would be possible to take a pushchair or disability buggy around the entire route, and the in the wetter months, the there-and-back option can be used instead. Dogs are welcome on the common (in fact, it's a popular dog walking spot) and dog waste bins are provided. Allow 1 to 1.5 hours.

Great Bookham is located between Guildford and Leatherhead in Surrey. The walk starts and finishes from the Bookham Commons Tunnel car park which is managed by the National Trust. The car park is free for National Trust members or £4 per car for non-members (payable via mobile phone and debit or credit card). The car park is located on Church Road, just 150 metres east of Bookham rail station (ideal if you are coming by train). Turn left out of the station and you will find the car park on your left. Approximate post code KT23 3JG.

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Louis Barker
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Wendy Barker
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Jez Francis
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Walking

A variation on the published trail. Park at 100 Pound Bridge car park then take a stroll through the stud before entering Bookham Common where you are spoilt for choice in routes.

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Lisa Graham
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Great walk

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Sean W49
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Nature trips

Beautiful woodland and hides, to watch the birds on the ponds. Very busy though, due to its location. The car park is a pay by phone National Trust. It is £4 for non-members. Nice stroll for all the family, accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

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Colin Humphries
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Too muddy in Winter

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Holly Corcoran
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Richard Ritson
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nice easy wonder with a nice hide along the route.

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Jasmine Inman
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Good for bike ride as well as walk. Wide, open paths. Muddy in some areas.

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Kevin Whaley
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Nice easy trail with ponds where you can birdwatch, great for baby buggies and dog walks

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Phil Jonea
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Beautiful. One steady hill climb, but the rest of the walk flat. Pass by a series of ponds with lots of bird life (saw three herons sitting on the same tree) and if you veer off the main paths, again plenty of nature to enjoy. A few more benches along the main paths wouldn't go amiss.

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Jez Francis
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Jonathan Nicholson
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Rob Hewett
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David Watt
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Esin Jones
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Khaled Chowdhury
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Lorna Kirk
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David Williams
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Tracy Clarke
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David Crook
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Rochena Draper
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Patsy Oliver
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Katharine Brook
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isabel johnson
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