Things to do at Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl
Here at Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl, there’s plenty to see and do for all the family. As you embark on walking trails steeped in history and beauty, take a moment to enjoy the view over the Surrey Hills and look out for Exmoor ponies and grazing cattle. You’ll soon discover why Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Take a stroll and spot some wildlife
Escape back to nature
From birds and insects to grazing cattle and wild ponies, there’s a whole host of wildlife to discover all year round at Hindhead Commons. Listen out for nightjars, stonechats and woodlarks, and in the woodland green see if you can spot great and lesser-spotted woodpeckers.
In the winter months, look out for rabbits and deer nibbling on grasses and shoots, and watch as soaring buzzards and kestrels hunt for a meal of mice and shrews on a chilly day.
Walk the route of the old A3
Now that all traffic passes through the Hindhead tunnel, the route of the old A3 is free of cars and has become a superhighway for wildlife crossing from the Devil's Punch Bowl onto Hindhead Commons. Enjoy a stroll along this remarkable new walking route, taking in the Devil’s Punch Bowl, a natural amphitheatre and the largest spring-formed feature in Britain. The slopes are covered with heath, small streams and areas of woodland.
Admire the view from Gibbet Hill
This sandstone hill lies above the Devil's Punch Bowl and is the second highest point in Surrey. Admire wonderful views across the Weald and look for famous landmarks; on a clear day you can see London and other Surrey hills including Leith Hill and Box Hill. Gibbet Hill is part of the hidden Hindhead walking trail, a well-signposted but not too demanding walk.
Bring the family to Hindhead Commons
Hindhead Commons is ideal to explore with the family. Along the Hindhead trail, activities for kids include birdwatching, catching falling leaves, den building, bug hunting, climbing a big hill and creating some impressive wild art. Pick up a map or a walk guide from the visitor den and begin your adventure.
Cycle Surrey Hills
Cycle Surrey Hills is a network of over 80km of off-road cycling trails in South West Surrey where you can get active, improve fitness and experience the spectacular scenery of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Devil’s Punch Bowl loop takes you around the iconic Devil’s Punch Bowl with spectacular views across open heathland.
Discover the legend of the Devil’s Punch Bowl and explore the rich history of Hindhead Commons.
Learn about the work we’re doing to improve Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl, allowing for nature to thrive and better access for all.
Find out where you can go mountain biking at Black Down, Woolbeding Common, Ludshott Common and Hindhead Common and the Devil’s Punch Bowl, while protecting these habitats.
Learn how we’ve been working to improve accessibility for everyone, with new parking spaces, a state-of-the-art toilet for disabled people, and an accessible path.
Plan a visit to one of the special countryside places in our care and discover the benefits of being in the great outdoors. Pack your walking boots and get ready to explore woodlands, valleys and rivers.
Explore the wide array of countryside settings around Surrey, from tranquil waterways to landscaped parkland, and plenty of hills to climb.