Spot a variety of butterflies and many birds in the woodland
The purple emperor season begins in late June and peaks in the second week of July. From noon to early evening, the males can be seen at the Mark Oak and Hill Farm 'master trees'. By August the butterflies are mostly gone.
Total steps: 7
Total steps: 7
Tunnel Car Park, grid ref: TQ130557
Leave the car park and take the left-hand path, heading north-west.
Follow the main path (Common Road) past some houses on the left.
Turn right take the right-hand path that leads past the lakes.
Turn left before the wood edge and go up Broadway. This leads to the Mark Oak 'master tree' on the left, just before the ride junction at the top. Purple emperors fly around the tall turkey oaks here but can be difficult to spot.
Turn left and westwards to follow High Point Path.
Continue to Hill Farm and pause the second 'master tree' (a hornbeam), located on the north side of the path, just south of the farm. When you're ready, continue down the path until you come to a small car park. Go through it and turn left down a path joining the road at an angle.
Continue straight until you come to the houses that you passed at Step 2. Retrace your path to the car park and station.
Near Bookham station, grid ref: TQ130565
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