Chobham Place Woods
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- Free parking (1.85m height restriction) (COVID-19 update: Car park reopening from May 13th)
- Benches and picnic tables
- Shady woodland walk with interesting trees
- Little known war memorial
- 1km easy-access, surfaced path
Where you’ll find it…
The car park for Chobham Place Woods is on Valley End Road, near the junction with Windsor Road, B383. Grid ref SU 96472 64299. The nearest postcode is GU24 8TN, although this takes you to Chestnut Lane, not Valley End Road.
What you’ll find there…
A small yet intriguing woodland, full of history, and great for a short walk. Prior to gaining common land status in 1981, it belonged to the Chobham Manor estate, part of the gardens attached to Chobham Place House. Follow the impressive tree-lined avenue and you will still be rewarded with a glimpse of the house. This lovely avenue is a truly historical feature, originally planted in 1702 to mark the start of Queen Anne’s reign! She of “The Favourite” fame, played by Olivia Coleman.
As you follow the well signposted easy-access trail, why not practice your tree identification? There are beautiful mature Scots pines, beech and sweet chestnut. And more unexpectedly, the odd exotic specimen, such as four huge redwoods, perhaps all that remains of the Chobham Place gardens.
Before you leave, be sure to seek out the historical stone. Erected in 1952, it commemorates a service given in honour of the troops who went to the Crimean War in 1853, after their ‘Great Camp’ on Chobham Common.
More information on the points of interest you’ll find as you follow the signposted easy-access trail can be found here.