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Find your local countryside

Our beautiful countryside spaces in Guildford are free for you to enjoy all year round.

We manage over 50 beautiful countryside sites across the borough of Guildford. They include woodlands, wetlands, meadows, heathlands and nature reserves.

As landowner, Guildford Borough Council has an obligation to protect and safeguard for future generations Special Protection Areas (SPAs), Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Registered Commons.

Use our handy interactive map to find your local green space.  

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Fire safety

We do not allow BBQs on any of our open spaces or countryside sites.

Award-winning countryside

Riverside Nature ReserveChilworth Gunpowder Mills and Lakeside Nature Reserve have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award (opens new window).  A Green Flag recognises the best parks and green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

Find out more about our countryside sites

Chantry Wood

Ancient woodland with spectacular views a short walk from Guildford Town Centre.

Riverside Nature Reserve

A peaceful wetland along the River Wey home to many species of birds, insects and amphibians.

Chilworth Gunpowder Mills

Historic gunpowder mills in a pretty woodland setting with a guided trail.

Lakeside Nature Reserve

A peaceful 15 hectare nature reserve with large lake and an abundance of wildlife and wildflowers.

The Mount

A popular hillside grassland that offers spectacular panoramic views over Guildford.

Effingham Common

An expansive grass meadow with lovely far reaching views.

Pirbright heaths

Find out more about our heaths in Pirbright and the wildlife that lives there


Find out about our vibrant and diverse wetland habitats that are home to many important wildlife species.