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Discover the most intact fighter airfield associated with the Battle of Britain, wildflower-rich meadows and ancient woodland; Kenley Common combines heritage, nature and boundless opportunities for walking, cycling and exploring the very edge of Greater London. 

At its height, roughly 1000 service personnel were stationed at RAF Kenley and there are still a significant number of structures remaining from that historical period. Today, many of these have become some of the youngest scheduled ancients monuments in the country and stand side-by-side with acres of chalk grassland and traditionally-managed coppice.

Kenley Common is open all year round and is easily reached by public transport from Central London, East Grinstead and Caterham.

Getting to Kenley Common

For Kenley Common please alight at either Kenley Railway Station, Whyteleafe Railway Station or Upper Warlingham Railway Station. From each of these stations, it is approximately a 15 minutes walk to Kenley Common. There are regular trains from Central London, East Grinstead and Caterham each day. For travel times, go to the National Rail Enquiries website.

The Southdown PSV 409 service runs Monday to Saturday from Selsdon to East Grinstead via Caterham. For Kenley Common alight at Buxton Lane/Ninehams Road.

From here, it is a short 10 minute walk to the southern entrance to Kenley Common. For travel times, go to the Transport For London website. 

Kenley Common is situated close to junction 7 of the M25. There is no public car park for Kenley Common. On street parking is available on Hayes Lane using the marked bays and is adjacent to the south west edge of the Common.

Get in touch

In an emergency - out of our normal office hours - contact the West Wickham and Coulsdon Commons Rangers on 01372 279488 (24hrs)

Contact Merlewood Estate Office

The Office is situated on the edge of Coulsdon Common in Caterham on the Hill and is the central hub for both the Coulsdon and West Wickham Commons staff. Here you will find a small information point where you can speak to a member of staff, pick up maps, visitor guides and other publications about each of the commons.

Opening times: Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm.