Building works at the Devil's Punch Bowl café

Project
An architect's illustration of the refurbished cafe at the Devil's Punch Bowl

Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl, with its spectacular countryside and important natural habitats, is a special place for many people. 

It's long been a popular spot for people to meet friends for a walk, go for a bike ride, or a leisurely stroll with a four-legged friend to enjoy the spectacular scenery. We’ve seen an increase in visitors, too, since the A3 tunnel was built a decade ago. 

For the last five years we’ve been working on a project to improve facilities for our visitors. In June 2016 over 100 people attended a public consultation with the National Trust at the Devil’s Punch Bowl to discuss improvements.  

At the end of 2017 we began work on a project to improve facilities in, and enlarge, the toilet block; redecorate the café and build a purpose-built catering and visitor information kiosk. Find out more about how we've improved toilet facilities. 

Hindhead Car Park Project

We’re now able to begin work on improving the car park. Work will begin on March 1 and is anticipated to be finished by late summer 2021. When it’s completed, there will be 30 more car parking spaces, with log-marked bays. 

We've been able to undertake this work thanks to funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development Government and a donation from the Black Down and Hindhead Supporters Group. Read the Q&A here. 

Latest updates

01 Mar 21

Work begins on car park improvements

On March 1 work will begin on the car park which, on completion, will make it easier for visitors to park safely at Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl. When it’s completed, in late summer, there will be 30 more car parking spaces with log-marked bays.

Sketch of the new car park design at Hindhead and the Devil's Punchbowl showing new design and trees

01 Sep 20

First Changing Places toilet opens

In September Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl café opened the very first Changing Places toilet at a National Trust venue in London and South East. This facility provides the right equipment and enough space for a disabled person and up to two carers to use the toilet safely and comfortably.

Changing Places toilet at Devil's Punch Bowl

19 Mar 18

Wooden cladding on the Visitor Information kiosk

The roof of the Visitor Information kiosk is made up of sweet chestnut "shakes" - basic wooden shingles made from split wood sourced from Kent and Sussex. The windows and shutters are made from locally sourced oak.

The wooden cladded visitor information and catering kiosk at Hindhead Commons covered in snow