Sunday, 1 April 2012

Weekend Walks No.2 - The Devil's Punchbowl, Hindhead

I've lived in Surrey for most of my life and somehow never been to The Devil's Punchbowl at Hindhead, driven past it many times but never actually stopped so we decided to give it a go. The day was cloudy and cool and we arrived at the National Trust carpark on the edge of the bowl just before 11am. We'd arranged to meet Andy's parents to join us for the walk and they arrived shortly after so off we went.

Stats as follows:
Date: 31/03/12
Start Time: 11:15am
Length: 5.8miles or 9.31km
Time: 1hrs 33mins
Average Speed: 5.97km/h
Temperature: 10C

The intention was to walk around 2 thirds of the top edge of the bowl and then descend into the centre and back up the other side, however we never found the point where we were supposed to come off the main path so just ended up doing the full round trip. Our route can be found here:
180 degree view from the view point
 The route took us along a variety of terrains ranging from tarmac to uneven loose rocks heading up and down a few small hills. It was fairly easy going and we made good time, there were nice views across the bowl from all sides which would have been even nicer if it hadn't been so overcast.

If you fancy doing the walk there are plenty of signposts and noticeboards along the way to keep you on track and give you some information about the surrounding area. The National Trust cafe serves a variety of food and drinks, or if you fancy something a little more substantial after your walk (as we did!) there is the Devil's Punchbowl pub on the other side of the road where you can fill up on some great pub grub.

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