Hidden Hindhead walk
London Road, Hindhead, Surrey GU26 6ABRoute details and mapDownload as a print friendly PDF
Sir Robert Hunter, one of the co-founders of the National Trust, lived near Hindhead and organised a public subscription to buy much of the Commons, which became one of our earliest acquisitions in 1906. This is one of three new self-guided trails detailed in a leaflet available from our notice boards, or you can download one from our website.
- Bus stop
Start: Devils Punch Bowl café car park, grid ref: SU890357
Follow the signs along the new path towards the old A3 road. Its hard to imagine that a busy road really used to be here.
Stop for a moment and wonder at the recent changes no traffic noise just peace and quiet. Can you see any new plants starting to take hold where the road once was?
Follow the route and head down the old London Road. Discover the Sailors Stone and admire the views across the Punch Bowl. Can you see where the old A3 used to wind its way around the Punch Bowl? Soon this will merge into the rest of the landscape. Dont miss the recently recovered old milestone just after the Sailors Stone.
In 1786 a sailor was brutally murdered by three men whist walking from London to the docks in Portsmouth. A stone was erected to mark the spot where the poor sailor met his death and the three villains were tried and then hung on Gibbet Hill.
Continue down the old London Road until you reach some steps on your right. These lead to Gibbet Hill and far reaching views across the Weald. Rest on the bench and admire the scenery.
The Celtic cross on Gibbet Hill marks the spot where three rogues were hung for the murder of a sailor on the old Portsmouth Road. The Hill lies above the Devil's Punch Bowl and is the second highest point in Surrey.
Head down the marked path on your right - this is a fairly steep descent - and wander down through the shady trees that lead you to the Temple of the Four Winds. Maybe its time for a picnic a great spot to rest, with lovely views.
The Temple of the Four Winds was built around 1910 by Viscount Pirrie, a leading Irish shipbuilder and businessman. The Viscounts Witley Park estate included a deer park over this area and many elaborate picnic lunches were held at the lodge for his hunting friends.
Continue along the path around the chestnut coppice wood and past the pond on your right. Head through the gate and then on up the hill. At the unmade road, head up the road until you reach a large red brick house on your left. Turn right through the gate and follow the signs.
Head up over the heathland. There are several benches nearby to rest your weary legs. Not long now... look out for the ponies grazing on the heath.
Go through the gate and across the old London Road and follow the route back to the start of your adventure. Why not end your walk with a refreshing cup of tea and a scrummy cake at our café?
End: Devils Punch Bowl café car park
- Trail: Walking
- Grade: Moderate
- Distance: 3 miles (5km)
- Time: 1 hour to 2 hours
- OS Map: Landranger 186; Explorer 133
Follow the pink waymarker signs. The Hidden trail is a fairly demanding walk including some steep gradients and uneven surfaces. It may be muddy in places in the winter but generally its dry due to the sandy soil. Dogs are welcome, please keep them on leads when livestock are grazing.
- How to get here:
- By foot: Comprehensive network of rights of way including the Greensand Way National trail
- By bike: Surrey Cycleway starts at Haslemere, cycle via Farnham Lane to Hindhead. Cycle parking available at Devil's Punch Bowl café
- By train: Haslemere station, 3 miles
- By bus: From Farnham, Haslemere alight Hindhead crossroads
- By car: From North: Continue south along A3 through tunnel then first exit (A333) signposted Hindhead (Devil’s Punch Bowl). At traffic lights carry straight on - car park on left-hand side. From South: Continue along A3 north of Liphook and take exit signposted 'PROHIBITED VEHICLES' (A333) towards Hindhead (Devil’s Punch Bowl). At traffic lights carry straight on - car park is on your left-hand side
- Telephone: 01428 681050
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hindhead-and-devils-punchbowl/