Netley Common is on the eastern edge of Thornhill, Southampton, close to Junction8 M27, off the A27. It is the city’s last remaining piece of open heathland including grassland with islands of scrub and gorse, surrounded by a mixed woodland fringe.
It is not common land any more, but has been privately owned since the 19th century, now owned by Hampshire County Council and managed by the Countryside Service.
Access via a footpath behind Meredith Towers and Hightown primary school, Tunstall Road, Thornhill. There is also a kissing gate into the site at Flint Close, Thornhill. Paths are well surfaced gravel, mostly flat apart from the west of the site down towards Hightown Primary School, where there is a slope. A number of benches are located around the site.
Guide dogs and assistance dogs welcome. Cyclists welcome but must keep to the surfaced paths. Nearest public toilet 1000 metres.
Please telephone 02380 402 534 if you have any queries about accessing Netley Common.
Public car park 5 metres for approximately 10 cars
Radar gates at Flint close and entrance from Thornhill, wide enough to allow wheelchair access. RADAR keys can be purchased for £4 from Royal Victoria Country Park, tel 023 8045 5157.