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Hidden Hindhead walk


Autumn is a great time to walk at Hindhead. See the beech trees, turning orange as autumn kicks in, and the forty Highland cattle that graze the scrub.

Admire the autumn colours over the Punch Bowl

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.

Walk the paths at Hindhead Commons and the Devil's Punch Bowl in Surrey
What will you discover on the Hidden Hindhead walk? National Trust / John Miller


Map route for Hidden Hindhead walk
© Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey


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.

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A horned highland cow
The grazing of highland cattle helps encourage a wider variety of ground dwelling plants National Trust Images / Paul Harris


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.

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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.

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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 plinth of the Temple of the Four Winds. Maybe it's time for a picnic as this is a great spot to rest, with lovely views.

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The Temple of the Four Winds, Hindhead Commons, Surrey
The Temple of the Four Winds at Hindhead Commons was demolished in the 1970s Haslemere Museum


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?


Devil's Punch Bowl café car park, grid ref: SU890357

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Hidden Hindhead walk


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.

Hidden Hindhead walk

How to get here

London Road, Hindhead, Surrey, GU26 6AB
By road

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.

By foot

Comprehensive network of rights of way including the Greensand Way National trail.

By bus

From Farnham, Haslemere alight Hindhead crossroads.

By bicycle

Surrey Cycleway starts at Haslemere, cycle via Farnham Lane to Hindhead. Cycle parking available at Devil's Punch Bowl café.

Hidden Hindhead walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome, please keep them on leads when livestock are grazing