Improving our facilities at the Devil’s Punch Bowl

View at Hindhead and The Devil's Punch Bowl

This September Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl café had the pleasure of opening the very first Changing Places toilet at a National Trust venue in London and South East. This will provide the right equipment and enough space for a person with a disability and up to two carers to use the toilet safely and comfortably.

The Multiple Sclerosis Changing Places Charity and the National Trusts’ Equality Specialist, Heather Smith, were involved in the design which includes; a changing table, adjustable wash hand basin and ceiling track hoist. Children and adults with complex needs often need extra facilities and more space than found in more traditional accessible toilets, these needs will be met by the Changing Places toilet.

Changing Places toilet at Devil's Punch Bowl
Changing Places toilet at Devil's Punch Bowl
Changing Places toilet at Devil's Punch Bowl

The new building includes a bespoke external roof with access for bats and is part of a wider project to make the site more accessible. The next phase, which will begin in the Autumn, includes a new all-weather accessible path around the top of the Punchbowl, thanks to the generous donation from the Black Down Supporters.

"The new facilities will be so appreciated by visitors who need to use them,” says Rob Bishop, Property Operations Manager. “As an organisation it’s so important to us to be accessible and be able to welcome everyone"

Changing Places toilet at Devil's Punch Bowl
Changing Places toilet at Devil's Punch Bowl
Changing Places toilet at Devil's Punch Bowl
Hindhead Commons is a popular family spot, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the new facilities open the countryside up to many people to enjoy nature and some much-needed fresh air. The provision of these facilities will enable disabled children, adults and their families and carers to enjoy the spectacular views and a day out in the beautiful Surrey countryside.