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Visitor information

    Visitors enjoying West Wickham Common

    Visitors enjoy West Wickham Common

West Wickham Common is the smallest of the seven City Commons but it contains some unique heritage features. The sandy soils support a glorious heathland, carpeted with purple heather. 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.

There are no public bridleways or permissive rides on West Wickham Common, therefore cycling and horse riding are not permitted at this site.

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 West Wickham Common.

Contact us

For any further information, please contact:

Merlewood Estate Office
Ninehams Road

Please email the City Commons team to contact us.

01372 279 083

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

Getting to us

West Wickham Common can be visited from several different entrances.


The closest railway station is Hayes Railway Station to the north of the site. You can then access the site via a walk along the London Loop long distance path or get the Selkent Bus 246. For details of train times please visit the National Rail website.


The Selkent Bus 246 runs from Bromley to Westerham and stops along the Croydon Road to the north of West Wickham Common. For information on bus and train times please visit the Traveline website.


West Wickham Common lies off the Croydon Road between Hayes and Keston. There is a small public car park on the site. 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 (730KB) and and Visitor Leaflet (400KB) to accompany your visit to West Wickham Common.​

Download the Spring Park and West Wickham Common Circular walk leaflet (485KB)

Site facilities

​The site has a small visitor car park, located on the A232 Croydon Road. The circular surfaced heritage trail, provides access for all and the London LOOP trail runs through the site.


When the City of London bought West Wickham Common in 1892, a set of byelaws were drawn up to help with the management of the site. The latest version of the West Wickham byelaws is available below.

Download West Wickham Common Byelaws (30KB).

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.