Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl
10 minutes’ drive from The Station House is the breath-taking Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl. The stunning scenery and magnificent views are the perfect escape from hectic, everyday life.
The largest spring-formed feature in Britain, the Devil’s Punch Bowl, is a sight to behold, creating a natural amphitheatre with slopes covered in woodland, streams and heath.
Above the Devil’s Punch Bowl is Gibbet Hill, a sandstone hill that is the second highest point in Surrey. On a clear day, you can see London, as well as Surrey hills – Leith Hill and Box Hill.
The old redundant old A3 is now a crossing for wildlife crossing from the Devil’s Punch Bowl on to Hindhead Commons, with a whole host of fauna to discover including insects, cattle and even wild ponies. Birds are also abundant here, with the sound of woodlarks and woodpeckers ringing out around the Commons.
Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl is a fantastic place for all the family, with so much to see and do. On the weekends, the shepherd’s hut offers tracker packs for children, which include spotter sheets, pencils, binoculars and a compass so the littles ones can thoroughly immerse themselves in the great outdoors and have a memento of their day out in nature.
Pack your own picnic, or enjoy some delicious food and drink from the café on the Common while enjoying the amazing views over the Devil’s Punch Bowl. There is even a circular pathway from the car park to the sandstone terrace viewing platform for access of this tremendous sight.