Hidden Hindhead walk

Walking trail

A lovely walk at Hindhead, crossing the old A3 and taking in some spectacular views - you may even see the cattle grazing the scrub and on a clear day the distant London skyline.

Admire the colours over the Punch Bowl

Make your way to the eastern side of the Devil’s Punch Bowl and look across the valley for some of the best views in the area.


Map route for Hidden Hindhead walk


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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Ponies at Hindhead


Follow the route and head north down the Byway Open to all Traffic (surfaced 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? Don't miss the recently recovered old milestone just after the Sailor's Stone.

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A man looks over the route of the old A3 road at Hindhead Commons and the Devil's Punch Bowl


Continue down the old Portsmouth Road until you reach a steep path on your right. This leads to Gibbet Hill and far-reaching views across the Weald. Rest on the bench and admire the scenery.

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Celtic cross in heather at Devil's Punch Bowl


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


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.

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Bluebells in the woods


Head up over the heathland. There are several benches nearby to rest your weary legs and admire the views. Look out for the ponies grazing on the heath. On your right you will see on a clear day the South Downs and Blackdown the highest point in West Sussex. Alfred Lord Tennyson lived here at Aldworth until he died in 1892. Blackdown was also the site of a 1967 aircraft crash killing 37 in one of the worst disasters of the time.

Visitor walking on patch at Hindhead Commons and the Devil's Punch Bowl


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?

The counter of the Devil's Punch Bowl café with menu boards and cakes displayed on the counter


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 tends to dry out fairly quickly dry due to the sandy soil.

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

Hidden Hindhead walk

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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
  • Cafe and food kiosk
  • Toilets
  • Car parking