Holmwood Common family activity trail

Walking trail

Get close to nature by following this gentle trail around Holmwood Common. With its mix of dappled woodland and sunny clearings this is a wildlife playground stretching over 650 acres. It’s also a great place for the 50 Things activities. The signposted trail is easy to follow and the hard core path means you can enjoy it at any time of year.

Stroll along the many paths on Holmwood Common


Follow our path around Homwood Common




Start at the Four Blackbrook NT car park. From the information board take the path to the right around the pond. You will come to a T- junction with a signpost for the circular trail heading to the right through the woods

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Holmwood Common circular trail sign


The path will come out of the woods at a clearing and another T- junction. Take the path to the left signposted Viewpoint and Mill Road car park. This leads to Mill Bottom Lane.

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The woodlands of Holmwood Common come alive with snowdrops


Carry on along the track and turn right at the T-junction following the path signposted Viewpoint. Follow this path through to the row of cottages. Go up the rise to the left and follow the path by the signpost.

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The path will take you to an open space facing south. A real sun-trap!

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Comma butterfly


At the end of the grassy opening the path turns a sharp right through woodland. Keep straight ahead crossing the bridle path, marked with blue posts.

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Keep on the path and you will see another open space on your left – this is the old football pitch.

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Children playing in the gardens at Lyme Park, House and Garden, Cheshire


Follow the track further on through some woodland heading slightly to you right and you will come to the Viewpoint. At 360 feet (110 metres) above sea-level this is one of the highest points on the common. Admire the views over to Ranmore Common. Can you spot Cubitt’s finger – the spire of St Barnabas’s church?

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A three piece suite for the outdoors


When you’re ready, return to the circular path signposted North Holmwood and descend the hill towards the A24 at Mid-Holmwood.

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Footpath at Holmwood Common


Turn right along the path signposted North Holmwood and Inholms carpark.

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At the T junction turn left, signposted North Holmwood.

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Wild garlic is one of many wild flowers that thrive at Holmwood Common


Cross over the Black Brook stream and continue along the path until you come to Mid Holmwood Lane at a T junction. This is a tarmac-surfaced track. Turn right here and follow the track.

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You will come to the footbridge and ford over the Black Brook. The footbridge has been recently rebuilt and is strong enough to carry a horse. This was one of the main routes over the common in days gone by.

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Over the stream you continue along the path up and to the left. Continue to climb up the hill through the woodland.

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Honey fungus on an old stump at Trelissick


At the crossroads carry straight over on the circular trail signposted Fourwents Pond. Half-way along this track are the two Little Ponds either side of the track. There are about 30 ponds on the common, some were created for watering livestock and some for brick-making.

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Continue along the circular trail. You will cross another bridle path and come to a junction you should recognise. Turn left here down the path to Fourwents pond, named after the crossroads nearby.

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Fourwents Pond at Holmwood Common Surrey


Congratulations you have completed the walk! Why not celebrate your success with a picnic at the tables in the King’s Meadow? There has been a specially constructed dog’s pond so your four legged companions can also celebrate with a good splash.



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Holmwood Common family activity trail

How to get here

Fourwents Blackbrook car park, Blackbrook Road, RH5 4NX
By road

Just off A24 (1 mile) south of Dorking. Turn right down Mill Road and then left into Blackbrook Raod.

Holmwood Common family activity trail

Facilities and access

  • Car parking
  • Benches along the path
  • All weather hard core path accessible all year
  • Picnic tables in King's Meadow by car park
  • No toilets on site