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Gibbet Cross at Hindhead Commons and the Devil's Punch Bowl, Surrey in autumn
Gibbet Cross at Hindhead Commons and the Devil's Punch Bowl | © National Trust Images/John Miller

Sailor's Stroll walk at Hindhead Commons

As well as the glorious views on this gentle walk to the summit at Gibbet Hill – the second highest point in Surrey – you will also learn about the barbarous murder of the unknown sailor. You can return to the café along the same route or, if you're feeling energetic, why not continue your walk on the Hidden Hindhead Trail?

Total steps: 5

Total steps: 5

Start point

Devil's Punch Bowl car park, GU26 6AB

Step 1

From the car park proceed north towards the white trig-point with the dark blue Sailors Stroll markers.

Step 2

Follow these markers and soon you'll come to the old A3, which is now grassed over. Cross over the old road to reach a paved road where you turn left and follow this in an easterly direction. En route discover the Sailor's Stone and admire the views north across the Punch Bowl.

View from the Sailor's Stone at Hindhead Commons
View from the Sailor's stone at Hindhead Commons | © Chris Worsley

Step 3

Continue along the paved road to reach a gateway on your right. Pass through the gateway, following the path over open ground to reach the summit of Gibbett Hill. Take a rest and enjoy the views.

Step 4

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 stands at 272 metres and is the second highest point in Surrey (Leith Hill being the highest).

The Celtic Cross and visitors on Gibbet Hill, with a view to the north, at Hindhead Common, Surrey.
The Celtic Cross on Gibbet Hill | © National Trust/John Miller

Step 5

For your return, retrace your outward stroll, emerging back at the car park. Maybe head to the café for well-deserved light lunch, hot drink or snack.

End point

Devil's Punch Bowl car park, GU26 6AB

Trail map

Map showing the route of the Sailor's Stroll at Hindhead Commons
Map of Sailor's Stroll at Hindhead Commons | © OS/NT

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