Snelsmore Common & The Snug

Snelsmore Common’s not only a great spot for a walk, but there’s a cafe in the car park. The Snugg, run by Tracey Foster, is open six days a week (closed Tuesday- but check their Facebook page) offering teas, coffees and freshly baked cakes.

Snelsmore Common

Everyone can escape the busy-ness of life by exploring the network of paths across this beautiful and varied heathland.

Parking information
The site has a large car park located off the B4494, Wantage Road, opposite the Mary Hare School. The car park opens at 8am every morning and closes at 8pm during the summer and 6pm during the winter (check signage on your arrival)

Grazing animals

Exmoor and New Forest ponies
Walking trails

A number of Public Rights of Way including bridle paths and restricted byways criss-cross the common and provide beautiful longer distance routes for walkers, cyclists and horse riders alike.

There are several waymarked routes – an Easy Access Trail of 0.75 miles on a paved path, a heathland trail (1 ¼ mile), the lizard route, orange waymarks and a mire trail (1 mile) , the dragonfly route, purple waymarks.


The common is dissected by a number of valley mires so some paths are steep and uneven. A paved circular path 0.75 miles, the Easy Access Trail) is fully accessible by pushchairs and wheelchairs (RADAR key required to fully open gate).

Dogs permitted
Please keep dogs on leads on the main common during the bird nesting season (1 March – 31 July)
Picnic area
Accessible toilet

The Snugg Cafe at Snelsmore Common.

Visit The Snugg cafe at Snelsmore Common.
Serving Homemade Fresh Cakes, Sandwiches,Cream Teas,Hot & Cold drinks, Ice creams and Seasonal SPECIALS, served with a Big Team Snugg Smile. Currently *TAKEAWAY ONLY*
Picnics available to take away.
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