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    Dog walker on Ashtead Common

    Dog walker on Ashtead Common​

Ashtead Common is a 200 hectare National Nature Reserve and part of the Epsom and Ashtead Commons Site of Special Scientific Interest. To find out all the information you need to visit this fantastic site see beow.

When you are planning your visit to the site, please be aware of the byelaws which tell you what you can and can't do during your visit.

We welcome walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Cycling and horse riding are permitted on the public bridleways and permissive rides as shown on our visitor map.

Your dog is very welcome, but we would ask you to read the guidance below to ensure you're walking your dog responsibly.

We hope you enjoy your visit to Ashtead Common.​

Getting to us

Train

Ashtead Railway Station is on the southern edge of the Common and is the easiest way to get to the site, via the entrance at Woodfield. For details of train times please visit the National Rail website.

Bus

The Countryliner 479 runs from Guildford towards Epsom and stops at Ashtead Railway station. For information on bus and train times please visit the Traveline website.

Car

Ashtead Common lies close to junction 9 of the M25. Although there are no public car parks on the site, there is a car park at Ashtead Railway Station. There is also Stew Ponds car park off Christchurch Road, Epsom, which can be used for access to both Ashtead and Epsom Commons. For the location please see Streetmap or use the AA route planner to plan your journey.

Alternatively, you can plan your journey with the Transport for London journey planner.​

Visitor map and leaflet

​Download our Visitor Map (1MB) and Visitor Leaflet (300KB) to accompany your visit to Ashtead Common.

Site facilities

​Ashtead Common is home to Ashtead Estate Office, the main hub of activity for City Commons. You can visit the Estate Office between 9am and 4.30pm where you can speak to a member of staff or pick up a variety of maps, leaflets and other publications about City Commons.

The site is open all year with a large network of public footpaths and bridleways as well as concessionary rides, including some surfaced tracks. The long-distance 'Thamesdown Link' path runs through the site.

Although there is no formal public car park, parking is available at Stew Ponds car park on the A243. There is also one disabled parking bay outside the Ashtead Estate Office in Woodfield Road.

Byelaws

When the City of London bought Ashtead Common in 1991, a set of byelaws were drawn up to help with the management of the site. The latest version of the Ashtead Common byelaws is available below.

Download Ashtead Common Byelaws (25KB)

Walking your dog responsibly

​The Commons are a great place for exercise and that’s good for you and your dog. You are welcome, as are all our visitors, but remember you must be able to control your dog so as not to alarm other people, worry livestock or disturb wildlife.

If your dog is off the lead you must be able to see where it is and it should return to you on your command. If both points are true you are in control of your dog and you are a responsible owner.

Please read notices on gateways. Just because you can't see livestock it doesn't mean they're not there.

  • If you're not sure how your dog will behave around other animals (sheep, deer and other dogs) please put it on a lead.
  • Know where your dog is at all times.
  • No one wants an animal to suffer, so keep in control of your dog. If the worst happens, tell us at once, so we can deal with the situation.

Download City Commons dog control leaflet (400KB)

Tick and Lyme disease information

A tick is a small, blood-sucking mite. Normally it lives on blood from larger animals, like deer, but it may also attach itself to humans.

The tick sits on tall grass and trees, waiting for a possible 'host' to walk by. If a tick attaches itself to someone, it will typically find its way to a warm, moist and dark place on the body (like the crotch or the armpit).

It will then insert a probe into the skin and begin sucking blood. In most cases the tick will leave after a while, or the host will get rid of it without any harm having been done. But, occasionally, the tick carries a small bacterium called Borrelia burghdor feri in its stomach. This is what causes Lyme disease. The further under the skin it gets, the greater the risk of catching the disease.

Download the tick and lyme disease information (50KB)

Contact us

For any further information, please contact:

City of London Corporation
Ashtead Estate Office
Woodfield Road
Ashtead
Surrey
KT21 2DU

Please send an email citycommons@cityoflondon.gov.uk to contact us.

01372 279 083

Or in the case of an emergency please call 01372 279 488​.


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