We recently went to Bognor Regis for a Tots break and did little detours on the way to break the road journey. One of them was Devil’s punch Bowl near Surrey, which is actually a pretty amazing place
Legend has it that the Devil lived at the ‘Devil’s Jumps’. Thor, the god of thunder, would try to strike him with thunder and lightning and the Devil retaliated by scooping and hurling a handful of earth at him. The depression that remained is the Devil’s Punch Bowl.
The reality is that the large natural bowl was created by water erosion and an impervious layer of clay (not Satan!)
The old A3 road from Portsmouth to London that crosses this walk was also once a notorious haunt for murderous highwaymen. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – famous for his Sherlock Holmes books – used to walk on Hindhead Common and is thought to have found inspiration here for The Hound of the Baskervilles.
There are lots of options for walks in this area, which we couldn’t do. We just used the national trust cafe for yummy food and toilet break and then the natural play area for stretching our lil ones legs, before heading off, but would love to return for the walk along the rim of the Punch Bowl at some point
🗺 Address:London Road, Hindhead, Surrey, GU26 6AB
🚘 Parking free for NT members- Otherwise, Pay and display or Paybyphone – area code 803457 (0330 060 4037) £1.50 per hour for first 2 hours; £4 for up-to 4 hours; £6 for 5 hours and above. Tickets can also be purchased at the cafe.
🚻 Toilets on site
🍕 Refreshments on site
🧺 Picnic allowed
🦽 Some parts buggy doable but lots of paths going down are very steep. The terrain is variable and even marked paths can be slippy, muddy and bumpy in some weather conditions- ideally use a body carrier/sling
🐕 Dogs welcome (except in cafe). Please keep them on leads when livestock are grazing
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