Dress in old clothes - splash in puddles, get muddy, run, jump and explore. Fallen trees are great for balancing on and playing hide and seek. Pick up sticks and make a den or look out for mini beasts creeping by.
Why not visit our natural play area (off the main path from the Tunnel car park to the Isle of Wight pond)?
Walk our family trail
Join us for a gentle walk around the commons - pick up our leaflet and follow the blue route. At a gentle pace, little legs will be on the go for about two hours...
Listen to our tuneful birds, including the nightingales in May, and smell the honey-scented flowering blackthorn. On a summer’s evening be engulfed by the sweet, exquisite scent of honeysuckle. And listen to bats flittering to and fro, harvesting a rich crop of flying insects along the woodland fringes.
Get fit and feel invigorated
Our surfaced tracks are perfect for all-year-round exertions: training runs or gentle jogging.
In dry periods the footpaths are suitable, too. Though it’s always wise to watch out for rabbit or badger digging, pot-holes or slippery clay on any of the tracks – nature is subject to constant change..
Horse-riding and cycling
Our network of surfaced public bridleways and permissive horse rides are perfect for exploring on four legs or two wheels.
Please follow the waymarked blue arrows to avoid damaging the delicate soils on unsurfaced paths, which are vital for the protection of our rare wild flowers.
Enjoy a picnic
There are many beautiful spots to throw down a rug and enjoy a picnic close to nature. Sit overlooking the ponds on Hollows path, beside the ancient oaks next to Kelsey’s pond, the grassy glades on Eastern Plain, or listen to nightingales in May on Western Plain.
Try something new
Bookham Commons is a great location for walking (flat terrain but can be wet under foot), cycling, horse riding and geocaching. Or take things slower and enjoy a picnic, paint a favourite view or bring a book to read.
For your dog
Dogs love to run and play on our commons and we like to see them having fun too - there’re lots of exciting paths to sniff and explore. Please keep your hound on the lead if you see livestock grazing.
Don’t forget to use the doggy waste bins at Tunnel car park and near Merritt’s Cottage.
Come bird watching
Marvel at our butterflies
In the summer the commons are buzzing with butterflies. Silver-washed fritillaries patrol along rides in June and July, and white admirals gracefully glide over bramble flowers. And, if you’re very lucky, a magnificent purple emperor might swoop down near you on a warm summer morning in July.
our natural play area
Bookham's family trail
super spots for watching wildlife
peaceful walks through woodlands
tranquil ponds to sit beside and admire nature
flower-rich ancient pasture with shrub communities abundant with birds