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Horsell Common sand Pits - Landing Site for the Martians. Click on image to enlarge.
HORSELL COMMON SAND PITS
And The War Of The Worlds
At 750 acres in size, Horsell Common is the largest single open space in the Borough and represents approximately 80% of the Borough's total common land. The common to the north of Shores Road and Littlewick Road is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) providing an ideal habitat for a variety of wildlife.
Entrance to Horsell Common & The Sand Pits A3046 (Chobham Road).
Approx 1 mile from Woking (Victoria Way).
The Horsell Common Preservation Society look after all parts of the common and maintain it. People can apply to be a member.
 A "shooting star" falls.
"It's out on Horsell Common now."
"Good Lord!" said Henderson. "Fallen meteorite! That's good."
"But it's something more than a meteorite. It's a cylinder --an artificial cylinder, man! And there's something inside."
There is a A pleasant circular route from the car park, off Shores Road, through woodland and heathland to the sandpits at the centre of the Common. The sandpits are the first landing site for landing of the Martians in H G Wells' "The War of the Worlds".
The path is wide and generally level with no steep gradients, suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Horsell Common home is to some rare types of bee and the spider-hunting wasp. Other animals resident on the Heath include roe deer, adders and woodcocks. Three different types of heather can be found on Horsell Common - Ling and Bell heather on dry parts and Cross Leaved Heath on the wetter areas. Areas of archaeological and historic interest include the three Bronze Age burial-mounds and the Muslim Burial Ground. Parking is available off Shores Road close to its junction with Chobham Road.
Horsell Common is owned and managed by the Horsell Common Preservation Society which may be contacted at P O Box 53, Woking, GU24 4YU or www.horsellcommon.org.uk