Summer time at Hindhead Commons and the Devils Punch Bowl

Soak up the sun, test out a new tricycle and marvel at the far-reaching views this summer season at Hindhead Commons and the Devil's Punch Bowl. There are miles of paths to explore, some more challenging than others; perfect for a gentle stroll or a long hike.

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Summer of Sport

Summer sport games for all the family

Family fun

Hindhead Commons and the Devil's Punch Bowl is great for family get togethers, picnics and walks. Bring along a new tricycle or skates and test them on our smooth level path, or bring your four-legged friend and explore the wider commons or head down into the Punch Bowl. Maps and walks guides are available from the visitor den.

Young explorers

Head to the visitor den and borrrow a tracker pack - it's full of goodies to help you explore the wonderful natural world and includes a set of binoculars, a compass and nature tracker sheets.

Keen Cyclists

Cycle Surrey Hills is a network of over 80km of off-road cycling trails in South West Surrey where you can get active, improve fitness and experience the spectacular scenery of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Devil’s Punch Bowl loop takes you around the iconic Devil’s Punch Bowl with spectacular views across open heathland.

Download the map here:

Cycle Surrey Hindhead route (PDF / 1.3MB) download

Walk the route of the old A3

Since the Hindhead tunnel opened in July 2011, we've been working really hard to re-connect the two commons of Hindhead and the Devil's Punch Bowl. Since the closure of the busy road, wildlife has been free to move from one site to another and it's been such a success that Natural England has granted us favourable condition. You can read more about this here, or simply enjoy a stroll along this remarkable new walking route.

Track towards Black Down, from Hindhead Common, Surrey

Returning Hindhead Commons to nature 

Following completion of a new tunnel to bypass a notorious traffic bottle neck in the Surrey village of Hindhead, the old A3 has officially been 'returned to nature'.

Our grazing ponies

Our hardy resident ponies are out on Hindhead Commons and are helping us by grazing on the grasses and herbs that grow here. By nibbling away on the shoots and roots, they ensure that no one type of plant takes hold and grows too much. They are all chosen to be on site because of their docile and gentle nature. However if you know that your dog chases horses, please keep it on a lead around them as their kick could be painful.

Children in car putting boots on

Why are we asking you to scan your membership card at Hindhead Commons?

Why do we ask you to scan your card even though car parking is free? Every time you scan your membership card here, the Hindhead Commons team receives £2 from our central funds to invest in the property. This simple act can make a huge difference to our work.