Visiting Ludshott Common: What you need to know

Ludshott Commons in spring

At Ludshott Commons, you can enjoy timeless landscapes, views, and rare wildlife. The heathland dates back 5000 years, and some of the few remaining areas of lowland heath in Europe. We recommend reading this article before your visit to get the most out of time at Ludshott Common. You can also find the answers to frequently asked questions here.


Parking is free, but limited. Please park considerately and keep routes free from blockages in case of emergency vehicle access.

For a full list of our car parks, please visit the 'facilities and access' tab at the top of our homepage 

Please note, that due to essential forestry work, the car park at Dunelm on the B3002 is closed. The nearest alternative car park is located at GU26 6DS (access from B3002, Waggoners Wells Junction)

Forestry work on Ludshott Common

Forestry works at Ludshott Common

As part of a five year project with Natural England and the South Downs National Park, forestry work is taking place on Ludshott Common to restore endangered, native heathland. Read this article to find out more and find answers to frequently asked questions.

Visiting with your dog 

We welcome dogs on Ludshott Common but it is important to abide by the countryside code during your visit for the benefit of the rare wildlife and other visitors. For all the information about visiting Ludshott with your dog, please read our dedicated dog article.

Cycling on the Common 

Mountain bikes are only permitted on bridleways and permissive tracks at Ludshott Common. We know how important it is to find fresh air and relaxation but we ask people not cycle on footpaths or create new trails. Any structures on a SSSI, such as jumps or ramps, need permission from Natural England, so we will have to remove them. The best way to check where you can cycle is by looking at an Ordinance Survey map and finding the green dashed lines showing a bridleway.

Horse riding 

There are a number of permissive bridleways on Ludshott Common. Please consult an up to date ordanance survey map to plan your route and ensure you are sticking to the bridleways. 

Ludshott Common is supported by its friends association
Deep ruts across part of the open grassland of Ludshott Common, East Hampshire
Ludshott Common is supported by its friends association