Hidden Hindhead Walking Trail

Walking trail

A well sign-posted but not too demanding a walk taking in both Gibbet Hill and The Temple of the Four Winds, each with superb views - on a clear day you'll glimpse the 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

Walking route of the Hidden Hindhead walk

Start:

Devil's Punch Bowl café car park, grid ref: SU890357

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From the car park proceed north towards the white trig-point - look out for the pink disc which denotes the Hidden Hindhead trail.

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Follow the pink signs, crossing the old A3 (now grassed over), to reach a paved road where you turn left and follow this in an easterly direction.

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En route discover the Sailor's Stone and admire the views north across the Punch Bowl. Continue along the paved road ignoring the gateway on your right hand side. On your left look out for the recently recovered old milestone (London 39 miles), and after 30 metres bear right up an ill-defined path that emerges onto Gibbet Hill. Take a rest here and enjoy the views.

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View from the Sailor's stone at Hindhead Commons

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The Celtic cross at Gibbet Hill marks the spot where three rogues were hanged for the murder of a sailor on the Old Portsmouth Road. Gibbet Hill, which stands at 272m, is located above the Devil's Punch Bowl and is the second highest point in Surrey (Leith Hill being the highest). Looking north from the trig-point, head down the ill-defined, but signed path on the right. Take care - when wet this may be muddy and slippery. At the bottom continue straight ahead on a tree-lined track, eventually emerging at The Temple of the Four Winds. Again take a rest and enjoy the view.

Celtic cross in heather at Devil's Punch Bowl

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The Temple of the Four Winds was built around 1910 by Viscount Pirrie, a chairman of Harland and Wolff, the builders of the ill-fated Titanic. The Viscount lived at the nearby Witley Park estate, which included a deer park. Many elaborate lunches were held for his hunting friends at his hunting lodge at The Temple of the Four Winds. The Temple fell into disrepair and was demolished in 1966. From the Temple identify the signage which will lead onto a well-defined downhill track through coppiced beech woodland, eventually arriving at a T junction, with a small lake on the right.

The Temple of the Four Winds, Hindhead Commons, Surrey

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Turn right following the often muddy pathway through the gateway onto some open ground. Continue uphill meeting a trail, here bear left and procced downhill to a galvanised gateway an onto an un-paved roadway.

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Again following the signs proceed uphill, ignoring, at the top of the climb, the first gateway on the right, but entering Hindhead Common at the second gateway. Proceed up the rough track (the Greensand Way). Look out for grazing Exmoor ponies (please keep your dog on a lead near to them). Towards the top of the incline and to the right, there are excellent views to the east with the South Downs clearly visible, and, on a good day, Gatwick Airport can even be seen.

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The trail is well marked, and you'll eventually leave Hindhead Common via a galvanised gate, emerging onto the paved road (the BOAT) of your outward journey; cross this and what was the old A3, retracing your steps back to the Punch Bowl car park. The café is a great spot to relax after your walk, and serves a range of light lunches, snacks, hot drinks and cakes - well deserved after your walk!

End:

Devil's Punch Bowl café car park, grid ref: SU890357

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Hidden Hindhead Walking Trail

Terrain

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 Walking Trail

Contact us

Hidden Hindhead Walking Trail

How to get here

Address
National Trust car park, 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 Walking Trail

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome, please keep them on leads when livestock are grazing
  • Cafe and food kiosk
  • Toilets
  • Car parking