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Things to do at Limpsfield Common

Bluebells in woodland at Limpsfield Common, Surrey
Woodland bluebells at Limpsfield Common | © National Trust Images/Rachael Warren

Birds and wildlife are abound as you walk the dappled woods or open heath of Limpsfield Common and take in the views. Visit the restored wartime air raid shelter, take your kite for a spin or picnic in the nearby community orchard.

Take a hike

By day, take a short stroll from the car park at Scearn Bank to see the views south towards the Weald. By night, wrap up warm for some stargazing.

Join the Greensands Way at Limpsfield as it runs from Haslemere in west Surrey to Ham Street, Kent, or the Vanguard Way, en route from Croydon to the south coast at Newhaven.

The Friends of Limpsfield Common family activity trail

Discover more about the nature and history of Limpsield Common on this fun trail through the woodlands. With many thanks to the Friends of Limpsfield Common. Follow the trail here

Go birdwatching

Limpsfield Common is a great place for birdwatching. A recent National Trust survey counted 28 species of birds breeding here and sighted another 20.

As well as the most frequently spotted robins, wrens, blue tits and great tits, there were also a number of Birds of Conservation Concern. These included the bullfinch, dunnock and song thrush. We’re continuing work to improve their habitats.

A grassy path through young conifers, across Limpsfield Common, Surrey. Wildflowers are blooming in the foreground and odd shaped clouds sail by overhea
A grassy path through young conifers, across Limpsfield Common | © National Trust Images/David Sellman

Look out for wildlife

It’s not just birds – the common is bursting with other wildlife. Sit quietly and you could see shy roe deer, foxes, badgers or rabbits, and on a warm, sunny day you might even spot reptiles such as the common lizard.

Insects at Limpsfield Common

Well over 400 species of insect have been recorded on the common, including scarce creatures such as the girdled mining bee and rare hoverflies, moths and beetles, along with beautiful butterflies and dragonflies.

Also look out for fascinating fungi, such as the distinctive turkey tail mushroom, which grows on the sides of trees.

Fly a kite

Follow in the footsteps of Major Baden Baden-Powell (brother of Scouts founder Robert Baden-Powell) and fly your kites on the common. Baden-Powell is said to have tested out a kite designed to carry a man here, so there should be enough wind to get yours soaring.

Picnic in Limpsfield Community Orchard

Picnic among the apple, pear and plum trees or just take a stroll around this rustic oasis, tucked away just off the busy A25 near the Limpsfield Chart Golf Club.

Visit the wartime shelter

The air raid shelter at Limpsfield Common has been restored to show you what it was like during German bombing raids in the Second World War. There are tours scheduled throughout the year and schools or larger groups can email us to arrange a visit.

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Misty landscape beyond Scearn Bank at Limpsfield Common, Surrey

History of Limpsfield Common 

Find out how school children attended class in air raid shelters and how the Home Guard used heavy anti-tank weapons to protect Limpsfield Common during the Second World War.