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Ancient common once owned by King Harold and William the Conqueror

Holmwood Common is at the heart of the local community and is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by all. It’s just off the A24 (south of Dorking), so why not break a car journey south to the coast with a stop? Stretch your legs and explore...

Dappled woodland and sunny clearings greet you – beautiful countryside for walking, horse riding and cycling. The common is fairly flat and ideal for families to explore, but it can be wet underfoot. Great fun though for kids who like squelching in mud with their brightly coloured wellies.

The common is home to much of our well-known British wildlife. In the warmer months, dragonflies hover above the ponds and amphibians live in the dark pools. The air is filled with birdsong and colourful butterflies flutter from one bright flower to another.

Visit in autumn and walk beneath our golden trees. Discover an amazing collection of fungi – the weird, the beautiful and the ugly.

Stride out along our family trail

Pick up our new trail guide from our notice boards © National Trust

Pick up our new trail guide from our notice boards

Find your sturdy shoes and cosy old coat and follow our 3.1 mile circular trail. There’s a lot to see at this time of year... dewy cobwebs, misty ponds and a profusion of juicy berries. Holly berries are a feast for redwings and fieldfares (from Scandinavia) stocking up for their long migration in the spring.

Our new all-weather path

Try our new all-weather path © National Trust

Try our new all-weather path

Our new all-weather circular path was officially opened by David Lloyd, Chairman of the Friends of Holmwood Common. You can now get around the common without getting soggy feet throughout the year. But for those who like to squelch in mud, there’re still lots of muddy paths too…

Stay at Henman bunkhouse

Enjoy a short break at nearby Leith Hill’s Henman bunkhouse. Set in spectacular countryside the Henman bunkhouse provides accommodation for groups of volunteers or friends and families. Get back to basics in this chalet-style building...

Our Surrey Hills

Just south of London, the beautiful Surrey Hills stretch from the Kent border in the east to the Hampshire border in the west. Tranquillity and wonderful open spaces just waiting to be discovered…

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Sunhats or wellies?