Friends of Thursley Common (NNR)

Protecting and preserving the Reserve
IF you see smoke CALL 999 do not hesitate. You will not be wasting the fire services time.
Do not light a fire Do not use any form of BBQ No smoking on or around the reserve – Thank You

Walking at Thursley Common

Whatever your walking ability, it is a great way to get around Thursley Common.

There are plenty of footpaths, bridleways and permissive paths to explore. We have selected some routes for differing levels of ability. In general, given the sandy soil, there are stretches which are very difficult for less mobile people or push chairs. We have selected walks for varying capabilities and for their wildlife interest and history. Do take care ion the common, it is very easy to get lost and the mire can be very difficult to cross even on the bridleway. In some areas water run-off creates dangerous terrain, please be aware and walk accordingly. If in doubt take an alternative route.

Remember to bring your camera, binoculars and bird/plant/wildlife spotting book.

Depending on the season you can see Fox, Deer, many birds, including birds of prey. Lizards, Frogs & newts. Varied plant life including Sundew, orchids and Bladder Wort. And often more……. At times there are cows on the common which help to keep the vegetation under control in sensitive areas.

The routes avoid the centre of the common, called the mire, in winter the bridleway can be 600mm under water for large stretches and even during summer the ground is very boggy.

Parking is available in Thursley Village, the Moat Car Park and In Elstead, details are elsewhere on this website.

The Website also has maps which are displayed at main entry points to the common.

Do’s and Dont’s


Please keep to the well trodden paths.

If you are walking with a dog it MUST be on a lead 1st April to 30th September and must not enter the water adjacent to the boardwalk. In both cases allowing your dog to run anywhere/swim damages the nature reserve.

Please tread lightly and leave no trace

Respect other users of the common. Every horse or cyclist or person is different. Announce your presence and please step to one side if required. Bikes and horses have to keep to the path.

Please do not

Please do not go off the paths there are many rare plants and insects.

Please do not pick any flowers or plants, it is a national nature reserve.

Collection of fungi for personal use is tolerated but please make sure what you are picking, it may be poisonous or even endangered. There are 66 protected species in the UK.

Enter the water in any Pond or walk off the boardwalk

A view of the well trodden paths with distances

A OS map view of the common


These routes are on public rights of way, Footpaths, Byways or Bridleways unless on a permissive path on the common. You follow the route at your own risk.


Please ensure that you are prepared for your walk. Take a mobile phone. Do not take risks or walk where not permitted.


Free download of route GPX files for the routes above