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Visitor information

    Visitors enjoying Riddlesdown

    Visitors enjoying Riddlesdown​

Riddlesdown is a very popular site with visitors. The flat track that runs along its length makes it accessible for all and during the summer months, the wildflower displays are spectacular. To find out all the information you need to visit the site see below.

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 Riddlesdown.

Contact us

For any further information, please contact:

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

Please send an email to contact us.

01372 279 083

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

Getting to us

Riddlesdown can be visited from several different entrances.


Riddlesdown Railway Station is to the north of the Common and a short walk from the site. For more information please visit the National Rail website.


The Abellio London Bus 407 runs from Caterham to Sutton and stops along the A22 Godstone Road below Riddlesdown. For information on bus times please visit the Traveline website.


Riddlesdown lies close to junction 7 of the M25. There is a public car park on the site off Riddlesdown Road, which comes off Mitchley Avenue. 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

Download our Visitor Map (380KB) and Visitor Leaflet (275KB) to accompany your visit to Riddlesdown.​

Car park opening times

The free public car park is located at the top of Riddlesdown, off Riddlesdown Road. The gate to the car park automatically opens at 7.30am. Closing times change throughout the year according to the time of dusk - see table below.  

There is a hard standing track which runs along the length of Riddlesdown and is accessible for wheelchair and pushchair users.

Car park closing times between January until May 2018
Day Date New closing time
Monday  1 Jan 4.45pm
Monday  8 Jan 5pm
Monday 15 Jan 5.15pm
Sunday 22 Jan 5.15pm
Monday 29 Jan 5.30pm
Monday  5 Feb 5.45pm
Monday 12 Feb 6pm
Monday 19 Feb 6.15pm
Monday 26 Feb 6.30pm
Monday  5 Mar 6.30pm
Monday 12 Mar 6.45pm
Monday 19 Mar 7pm
Sunday 26 Mar 8.15pm
Monday  2 Apr 8.30pm
Monday  9 Apr 8.45pm
Monday 16 Apr 8.45pm
Monday 23 Apr 9pm

Car park closes at 9.15pm between Monday 30 April until Sunday 12 August 2018.

Car park closing times between August until November 2018
Day Date New closing time
Monday 13 Aug 9pm
Monday 20 Aug 8.45pm
Monday 27 Aug 8.30pm
Sunday 3 Sep 8pm
Monday 10 Sep 7.45pm
Monday 17 Sep 7.30pm
Monday 24 Sep 7.15pm
Monday  1 Oct 7pm
Monday  8 Oct 6.45pm
Monday 15 Oct 6.30pm
Monday 22 Oct 6.15pm
Monday 5 Nov 5.00pm
Monday 12 Nov 5pm

Car park closes at 4.45pm between Monday 19 November until Sunday 7 January 2019.


When the City of London bought the Coulsdon Commons in 1883, a set of byelaws were drawn up to help with the management of the site. The latest version of the Coulsdon Commons byelaws is available below.

Download Coulsdon Commons Byelaws (70KB).

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).​