Hidden Hindhead walk
London Road, Hindhead, Surrey GU26 6ABRoute details and mapDownload as a print friendly PDF
Autumn is a great time to walk at Hindhead. See the beech trees, turning orange as autumn kicks in, and the 40 Highland cattle that graze the scrub. Make your way to the eastern side of the Devil’s Punch Bowl and look across the valley for the best views of the bracken turning a russet colour, rowan berries ripening through orange to crimson, and crab apples turning orange-red.
- Bus stop
Start: Devil's Punch Bowl café car park, grid ref: SU890357
Follow the signs along the new path towards the old A3 road. It's hard to imagine that a busy road really used to be here.
On this walk makes sure you keep an eye out for our residents, the 40 orange Highland cattle we have grazing the scrub. They help us keep it under control.
Follow the route and head down the old London Road. Discover the Sailor's 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. Don't miss the recently recovered old milestone just after the Sailor's 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 Punchbowl 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 and cattle 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: Devil's Punch Bowl café car park, grid ref: SU890357
The Great British Walk
- 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. This 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:
On 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
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- Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hindhead-and-devils-punchbowl/