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Horsell Common

Shores Road, Horsell, Woking, Surrey, GU21 4HL

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the grounds include Heather Farm and Heather Farm Café.
  • Horsell Common is one of only a handful of privately owned areas of common land in England with public access.
    The Horsell Common Preservation Society Trustees who manage the common, do so with great care out of respect for the wildlife living there and the general environment.
  • Originally Horsell Common was part of the Great Park of Windsor, in a section called King’s Waste stretching out to the (Old) Woking Road.
    Like most of the original park, it eventually passed into private ownership and by 1805 that owner was the Earl of Onslow, the Lord of all four separate Manors of Horsell, Pyrford, Woodham and Woking.
    At that time thousands of common land areas across the nation were being enclosed to create much-needed agricultural land but the Earl of Onslow ensured that Horsell Common was saved by being exempted.
    He then sold the enclosed manors of Pyrford and Woodham to Lord Ockham, and was forced by an 1852 Act to sell all of (Old) Woking’s common land to the London Necropolis & National Mausoleum Company (who soon sold large portions on for development including a new town), but throughout he retained Horsell Manor, and with it the common.
  • Heather Farm Café link (new tab) - click here.

Opening Times

  • The common is open from 08:00 until one hour before dusk.

Location

  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Woking.

Parking (Chertsey Road)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located off Chertsey Road.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • There is/are 2 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 485cm x 560cm (15ft 11in x 18ft 4in).
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 2m (2yd 7in) from the Chertsey Road access point.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 6m (6yd 1ft) from the Chertsey Road access point.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is/are uneven surfaces.
    • The car park surface is loose chippings.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does have a height restriction barrier.
    • The maximum height is 210cm (6ft 11in).
  • Drop off Point. View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Access Point (Chertsey Road)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located within the Chertsey Road car park.
    • There is an information board/map at this access point.
    • There is step-free access at this access point.
    • This is no gate at this access point.
    • The width of the gap is 110cm.
  • Comments View
    • The pathway here is uneven.

Parking (Shores Road)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located off Shores Road.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • There is/are 3 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 490cm x 488cm (16ft 1in x 16ft).
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the Shores Road access point.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the Shores Road access point.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Drop off Point. View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Access Point (Shores Road)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located within the Shores Road car park.
    • There is an information board/map at this access point.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this access point.
    • This is no gate at this access point.
    • The width of the gap is 110cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located leading up from the car park.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
  • Comments View
    • The surface of the pathway to the access point here is loose chippings.

Parks and Gardens (Chertsey Road Side)

  • The park or garden does have footpaths.
  • The path(s) has a / have compact earth, loose wood chippings, tarmac and muddy surface(s).
  • The majority of the path(s) is / are wide enough for wheelchair users.
  • There are slight slopes on the paths.
  • There are bench seats situated along the paths for people to rest.

Parks and Gardens (Shores Road Side)

  • The park or garden does have footpaths.
  • The path(s) has a / have tarmac and concrete surface(s).
  • The majority of the path(s) is / are wide enough for wheelchair users.
  • There are slight slopes on the paths.
  • There are bench seats situated along the paths for people to rest.

Wetlands Viewing Point

  • The wetlands viewing point is located in front of the Heather Farm Café.
  • There is ramped access with a slight gradient to the entrance gate.
  • The gate is heavy and opens towards you (pull).
  • There is bench seating and a table.
  • There is an information board available.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are not available.

Standard Toilet(s)