About Marlow Common

Marlow Common is an idyllic local nature reserve where you can find typical English oak, silver birch and bracken. The geology of this site is unique and unlike the rest of the Chilterns. Glacial deposits from the last ice age mask the chalky geological base and create acidic soils, generating rare heathland habitat of conservation priority.

The ancient Oak trees at Marlow Common are over 100 years old and are home to the Green Tortrix Moth, which in turn is a vital food source supporting a diversity of bird species including the endangered Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreepers and the Nuthatch.

As well as wildlife there is a lot of evidence of historic industry to be investigated at Marlow Common. Until the 20th century Marlow Common was home to a successful brick and tile industry, using clay exhumed from massive clay pits, these deep excavations can still be seen and inspected at the site today.


Orienteering at Marlow Common

Orienteering is a fun and active way to explore the Chilterns countryside and we have a permanent course at Marlow Common suitable for beginners. The aim is to navigate in sequence between control points marked on the map and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace. This self-led trail is a great way to discover the hidden corners of the Common so download the course map here and give it a go!

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What you can spot…binoculars

Deep clay pits

Visit us…

How to find us


Grid Ref: SU823869

Arriva 850 and 800

Marlow station (2.5 miles away)

Opening times

Public parts of the reserve are free to visit and open all year.