Going Local: Horsell Common

Posted in Local
on 08/01/2019

New Years Day walks seem to be the tradition for pretty much everyone in the UK (is this a global thing?), so we decided to hit up the wonderful Horsell Common which is just 10 minutes down the road from our current flat!

Ages ago, I mentioned that I wanted to focus more on the amazing places, spaces and faces close to me, as I think we can all get FOMO at the great holidays people seem to be having all the time. Well, I failed massively last year because we decided to start buying a house instead and all of a sudden there was no money left. I’m going to try again this year – after we’ve completed on the house, though.

The winter sunlight through the trees creates the most amazing atmosphere, warming the coldness of January.

I bloody love a good forest

Anyone else have a never ending love for trees? The trees at Horsell Common are AMAZING! I love that these birch (?) trees are beautiful and serene in some shots, and absolutely terrifying and creepy in others. I definitely wouldn’t want to get lost in these woods at night!

The other absolute bonus of the Common is that it is dog spotting heaven! We must’ve seen 40+ dogs in an hour – I’ll make sure to get some good quality heckin’ woofers next time we head there.

The yellow sandy beaches of... Surrey?

Horsell Common fun fact!

The beach area in the previous photo is the setting that H. G. Wells set the opening to War of the Worlds. Aptly named “The Sandpit”, it’s super cool to be in an area that’s famed for a bookish connection! I did walk around for a while thinking they filmed the film there so good job I only spouted that fake news to my boyfriend!

Rows and rows of ridiculously tall trees. Absolute heaven!

Imagine if it snows

I bet this place looks magical when it snows! The crunching of the top layer and then walking onto spots where the snow couldn’t reach because of the foliage – that is my happy place.

And I bet it smells amazing in spring and summer when the flowers and leaves are in bloom! The colours will probably be a bit more vibrant in the ferns!

The ferns and heathland will look amazing in summer! And, maybe my boyfriend will one day look up from his phone to take it all in...

Someone could’ve been more impressed with the scenery… I jest, he was actually on his Insta Stories!

We’ll definitely be heading back – we walked for over an hour and hardly covered a fraction of the grounds. Plus, there are links that take you into a village which should have some tasty treats and cute sights!

So, Horsell Common is a winner and hopefully I’ve inspired you to do some investigating in your local area! Make sure to follow and tag me in your blogs, Twitter or Instagram posts so I know you’re up to good stuff!



  • Bexa

    Wow, your photos are stunning! It looks like such a peaceful and relaxing place to be. There is something so cosy about wrapping up warm and going on winter walks in nature. I’m glad you both had a lovely time, thanks for sharing <3 xx

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    08/01/2019 at 8:43 pm Reply
  • Nicole Demi Parkes

    These are absolutely gorgeous pics Natalie 🥰 I love being out in the country and you can bet I did my New Year’s Day walk!

    08/01/2019 at 8:48 pm Reply
  • Trish Veltman

    This post was a real trip into nostalgia for me – when I was a little girl, my Grandad used to take me for walks on Horsell Common. Beautiful place, thank you for sharing and putting a smile on my face.

    08/01/2019 at 11:49 pm Reply
  • Kathy

    I totally agree! I love open space, trees, earth and everything to do with the outdoors. Looks like a beautiful location for fresh air!

    09/01/2019 at 12:33 am Reply
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