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Puttenham Common and the North Downs Way

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Puttenham Common

Puttenham Common and the North Downs Way is a 3.6 mile loop trail located near Guildford, Surrey, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.6 miles Elevation Gain: 557 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


horseback riding

nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers


historic site

A circular walk around Puttenham Common in Surrey. The common comprises mixed woodland, grassland and heathland and is home to lots of birds, butterflies, reptiles and dragonflies which reside in the ponds, heather, grasses, silver birch, oaks and pines. The area is a popular spot with families and dog walkers but you will still be able to enjoy the peace within the expansive common and your climbs will be rewarded with fabulous views. The walk has several long but very steady climbs and descents. There are no gates or stiles on route, just a short flight of steps to negotiate. The woodland paths can be very muddy after rain and the heath paths become very narrow in part. You will be sharing some of the bridleways with horse riders so take care with dogs. Approximate time 1.5 hours.

2 months ago

lovely woodland walk passing magical homesteads

Very busy, avoid the human/dog traffic by going early Stunning walk, wellies advised Short but sweet

10 months ago

Nice walk. If you start off following the purple route that will take you 2/3rds to the other car park,then you can follow the map to go around some interesting trees, houses and a lake.

over grown
11 months ago

Peaceful walk, plenty of shade on a sunny July day. Overgrown past Rodsall Cottage to steps, and a little in places past the Rainbow’s End gate.

Fri Feb 22 2019

Lovely walk, took me an hour and 20 mins on a sunny February afternoon. Superb views.

Mon Apr 16 2018

Great walk, with lots to see and the views are as described which are fantastic. Directions were accurate as always and this could be one of my regular walks for sure!

Thu Apr 20 2017

Lovely walk, thoroughly enjoyed it & am going again at the weekend.

Tue Oct 07 2014

Loved this walk and we will probably do it again. I am sure that it will look and feel different in each season. There's plenty of car park space at the start and even a small picnic area...