Roam 639 walk at Hindhead Commons and the Devils Punch Bowl

Walking trail

A great but demanding walk with varied terrain that takes in the base of the Punchbowl, Gibbet Hill and The Temple of the Four Winds the latter two features affording superb views. If wet some muddy sections to be expected.

More about Roam 639

The trail has been created as a permanent reminder to those of us who are able to enjoy physical exercise of how fortunate we are. The trail name, Roam 639, is derived from the initials of Richard Overall, a local man who died from muscular dystrophy and the shared initials of two local young brothers, Alfie and Arthur Marchant whose lives were also affected by this condition. ‘639’ represents the number of muscles in the human body and the title also signifies the length of the walk.

Map

Roam 639 map

Start:

Devils Punch Bowl car park GU26 6AB

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From the car park proceed northwards towards the view point overlooking the Devil's Punch Bowl. Turn left and follow the footpath through the trees. The path, identified by white Roam 639 discs, skirts the south west edge of the Devil's Punch Bowl.

2

After 10 minutes you'll reach a major junction with an electricity substation diagonally on the left. At this junction turn right entering Highcombe Edge via the gateway/cattle-grid.

3

After 15 minutes you will reach a split in the path; take the smaller right hand path and pass by the Robertson Memorial. Continue past the obelisk and rejoin the main gravel surfaced path on a gentle downward incline arriving, after 30 minutes, at a major intersection.

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4

Turn hard right and continue downhill; after 300 metres, you'll arrive at a junction and turn left following the path downhill with Keepers Cottage on the right. Keep on the track crossing the ford and then proceed uphill on a muddy path passing through a gateway and then bearing immediately right. Follow this roughish track uphill to an intersection; bear right going slightly downhill. Follow the track through open ground to reach, after 45 minutes, a gateway and cattle grid. Bear slightly right keeping on the gravel roadway passing Gnome Cottage on the left walking uphill to another junction. Turn left carrying on uphill, ignoring a residence on the right to arrive at a tarmac roadway. Keep going uphill for a further 30 metres to a junction on the right. Go right onto the muddy pathway and in 25 metres pass through a gate taking you into the Devil's Punch Bowl. Follow this sandy path for about 400 metres, ignoring any paths off to the left or right, to arrive at a ‘y’ junction; take the signposted left hand fork slightly uphill. Continue on this undulating path, eventually crossing a spring and coming into some open ground. Here bear half right (taking the middle of the three options) and commence a climb on a relatively narrow pathway which, after 200 metres, opens out into a challenging climb up the face of the Punch Bowl. At the top bear right contouring around to arrive, after 75 minutes, at a gate. Note: You are about half-way through the walk. Should you wish to end your walk at this point then once through the gate go straight ahead towards the trig-point to find the Devil's Punch Bowl car park away to your left. If you wish to continue allow another 1 ¼ hours.

View from the Sailor's stone at Hindhead Commons

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Once through the gate and after a few metres turn sharply to the left, eventually crossing the grass track (the route of the old A3) to meet the paved road; bear left and commence your walk up to Gibbet Hill. On the way you will pass the Sailor’s Stone on the left. After 15 minutes bear right through the gateway and onto the wide grassy path that leads to the trig point on Gibbet Hill. Take a rest and enjoy the glorious views.

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View from the Sailor's stone at Hindhead Commons

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From the trig point bear right proceeding down a narrow and steepish muddy path to a major junction. Go straight ahead uphill following this wide tree-lined track to arrive, after 25 minutes, at The Temple of the Four Winds. Again have a rest and enjoy the views.

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Celtic Cross at The Devils Punch Bowl

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Now turn right and after 25 metres bear right, commencing a downhill segment on a muddy track lined with beech trees. Continue on this track to reach a ‘T’ Junction with a small lake on the right.

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The Temple of the Four Winds, Hindhead Commons, Surrey

8

Turn right and proceed straight ahead to reach a gateway and then into some open ground. Follow the grassy path uphill bearing left at the ‘Y’ junction and after 30 metres bear left following the path downhill to reach, after 45 minutes, a galvanised gate.

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Once through the gateway turn right and proceed uphill on an unpaved roadway. At the top of the climb ignore the first gateway on the right walking a further 30 metres where the signage directs you through a galvanised gate onto Hindhead Common. Follow the rough track (The Greensand Way) uphill adhering to the signage at the junctions with the route eventually breaking away, half right, from the more obvious trail and taking a rocky path through a gulley that emerges onto a gravel covered track which you follow to the gateway. Once through the gate proceed to the paved road; here turn left following the paved road for 300 metres to arrive at the sculpture at the south side of the Devil's Punch Bowl car park. Why not enjoy a well-earned hot drink and treat from the Devil's Punch Bowl café?

End:

Devils Punch Bowl car park GU26 6AB

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Roam 639 walk at Hindhead Commons and the Devils Punch Bowl

How to get here

Address
National Trust Devils Punch Bowl car park, London Road, Hindhead GU26 6AB
By road

Car parking at the National Trust Devil's Punch Bowl car park, London Road, Hindhead GU26 6AB.