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Turville Heath Common

The 20 hectares of Turville Heath have changed from open grazing land and wood pasture to a much more wooded setting over recent decades. Turville Heath is notable as one of the few Chilterns commons where animals are still grazed. All management is done on a voluntary basis and a local group has been formed to increase activity and to raise funds where needed.

This is one of the more remote commons in the Chilterns and is located some 2km to the west of Turville village. A very notable feature is the lime avenue that bisects the common. It was first planted in 1750 and some of the original trees are still there.  Follow this link for more information about these trees.

 

Walking, horse riding and quiet recreation such as picnicking are all allowed across the heath. The mix of grassland, ponds, scrub and woodland provides excellent conditions for a wide range of flora and fauna. The old oaks on the Heath are home to a huge range of insects which support other species notably woodland birds.

Access

Some paths may be suitable for all visitors but opportunities are limited.

OS Map

Sheet 171: Chiltern Hills West

Grid Reference

SU743913

Walks

The Chilterns Country Walks on commons between Ewelme and Ibstone goes through Turville Heath.

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