Hindhead autumn walk

Walking trail

A wonderful autumn walk when the views will be particularly beautiful in the clear air. Refresh yourself at our café or grab something from the kiosk for an al fresco picnic.

Map

Map route for Hidden Hindhead walk

Start:

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

1

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.

Follow the waymarker signs around our trail

2

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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The sailor's stone on Hindhead Commons

3

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

4

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

5

Continue along the path around the chestnut coppice wood and past the pond on your right. Head up the path and through the gate and then on up the hill. At the unmade road, head down the road until you reach a large red brick house on your left. Turn right through the gate and follow the signs. You’ll now head up a steep incline and pass some houses on your left. You’ll come to a gate on your right which leads you onto the Heathland. In May time look around you as you walk to catch the stunning colours of the bluebell flowers.

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Bluebells in the woods

6

Head up over the heathland keeping to the left path where it forks. 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.

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

7

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

End:

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

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Hindhead autumn walk

Terrain

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 autumn and 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.

Hindhead autumn walk

Contact us

Hindhead autumn walk

How to get here

Address
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 bus

From Farnham, Haslemere alight Hindhead crossroads.

Hindhead autumn walk

Facilities and access

  • Cafe and food kiosk
  • Toilets
  • Car park