Hindhead visitor welcome 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 including opening a Changing Places toilet; redecorate the café and build a purpose-built catering and visitor information kiosk. Find out more about how we've improved toilet facilities. 

In September 2021 we completed work on our car park and have created 40 more parking spaces. We've also relocated the car park spaces to improve visitors' views of the landscape.

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

Latest updates

29 Apr 21

The next phase: resurfacing the car park

The first phase of our car park project has progressed well and we’re now ready to begin the next phase. As well as creating the new area of car park, which will eventually replace the overflow parking area, work has been completed around the café to remove old paving and improve drainage. The next few months will see some disruption on site with the main section of the old car park being dug up and the old surface recycled into hard core to support the new surface. During this phase we’ll have less parking spaces available, so you might not be able to find a space when you visit. We advise arriving early and avoiding weekends where possible. Thank you for your patience whilst this important work is underway.

Image of the car park at Hindhead and the Devil's Punchbowl

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 2020 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