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Thursley National Nature Reserve


Thursley Road

Access and facilities

  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Facilities for the mobility impaired
  • Customer parking facilities

Photograph of Natural England - Thursley Road, Thursley, Surrey,

Access in Summary


The reserve is just north of the village of Thursley, 5 kms south west of Milford and 8 kms south west of Godalming, just west of the A3.

Thursley NNR, at 326 hectares, is one of the largest remaining fragments of Surrey heath and includes areas of lowland heath, mire and woodland. The site supports a range of typical heathland wildlife including large invertebrate populations. The best time to visit the reserve is between May and September to see birds, dragonflies and flowers.

Car Park / Drop Off

From the A31 Farnham Bypass exit onto the B3001 passing Farnham Rail Station. Turn right off of B3001 onto Thursley Road passing through Elstead. The entrance to the car park is on the left.

There is a car park at The Moat, an area in the North West section of the reserve accessed via the Elstead road. There is also limited parking in Thursley village.

Trails & Walks

The Lake Trail starts in the car park and ends at the lake. It is 31 metres long with information panels at the start. The trail is level and has a picnic area to the right hand side by the lake. The Heath Trail starts and ends in the car park. There are sign posts and way finders along the path as well as viewing platforms. This trail is not accessible for a wheelchair user due to the high boardwalks and path surface.

Viewing Platforms
There are viewing platforms along the Heath Trail. These would not be accessible for a wheelchair users or people with mobility impairments.

Access Symbols Explained:

  • Assistance dogs welcome Assistance Dogs
  • Facilities for the mobility impaired We provide facilities for people with a mobility impairment. For example: A seating area, hand rails etc.
  • Customer parking facilities We provide customer car parking.

Scenic View
Scenic View


Heath Trail Car Park
Heath Trail Car Park

Scenic View
Scenic View

Viewing Platform
Viewing Platform

Heath Trail Signage
Heath Trail Signage