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The Devil's Punch Bowl and the sea of sand - 7.5 miles hilly

  • Jul 27, 2013 · 12:30 PM
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We explored the countryside West of the Devil's Punch Bowl back in May, and we are now returning to the Bowl to explore North towards the vast sandy expanse of Rushmoor.
This countryside is mostly beautiful sandy heathland with mixed woodland, and we will see a lot more of the Bowl itself than we did in May. Most of the return leg is along the Greensand Way. Near the end we will pass over the (in)famous Gibbet Hill, scene of an 18th century murder and its gruesome retribution.

The walk is a bit unusual as the first half will be one big gentle downhill, and obviously the return leg will be one steady climb back onto the Bowl, but is otherwise fairly easy.

We start and end at the Punch Bowl Café, operated by the National Trust, where you can have an early lunch. There is the Three Horseshoes Pub in Thursley, where we could drop in for a drink, depending on the size of the group, but the plan is to have good picnic break on Rushmoor half-way through the walk, so please take plenty of food and water to last the walk. The walk should last at least 3.5 hours.

As we hope to have warm sunny weather, please bring sun cream as some of the paths are exposed without shade.

Parking: you can park in the National Trust car park, which charges about £3, however there is free parking in nearby streets such as Tower Road.

Dogs are very welcome on the walk.
£2 for meetup costs.

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  • Caroline E.

    Thanks Tom, really enjoyed the walk although I did wonder if we had gone a little further! Fantastic company and a pub with lovely views.

    July 29, 2013

  • Ian

    Once again, a lovely walk with great views & great company! Thanks Tom for leading it.

    July 29, 2013

  • Naz

    Thanks Tom for introducing me to the punchbowl and Dorota for the ride!

    July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to all who turned up despite gruesome traffic problems and the threat of rain, that never materialised!
    Sorry about the walk ending up longer than planned!

    July 29, 2013

  • Rebecca D.

    Excellent walk!

    July 28, 2013

  • Roger A.

    Good walk through sand that competes with that on the best British beaches. Could have done with the sea to cool off though as the rain promised by the met office did not materialise

    July 28, 2013

  • Helen C.

    Enjoyed the walk and the company. Special thanks to Andrew and Gavin who helped me along and all of you for your patience. Regards, Helen.

    July 28, 2013

  • Valerie

    Nice walk with several challenging sandy hills.

    July 28, 2013

  • Matthew K.

    Lovely walk, Tom. Many thanks - and it didn't rain!

    July 28, 2013

  • Robin

    Tom,Very good walk,Good company,good pub.

    July 27, 2013

  • Dorota

    Thank you Tom for great walk

    July 27, 2013

  • Bisi

    Very nice walk. Thanks Tom!

    July 27, 2013

  • Aggie J.

    Very nice!

    July 27, 2013

  • Dorota

    Thank you guys for such great company and great walk.

    July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Going to take a rain check but catch you all again soon enjoy

    July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The traffic is very bad on the A3 at Hindhead

    July 27, 2013

  • Peter R.

    11.05 am. The M25 & A3 are closed/clogged so we might struggle to there on time.

    July 27, 2013

  • Davar

    Nice day for a walk.

    July 27, 2013

  • Dorota

    Maria
    Sorry to hear that is ok

    Have a good day

    July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The forecast has changed again, there could be a shower during the afternoon, so bring a light rain jacket.

    July 27, 2013

  • Maria Paula P.

    So sorry I can't make it. Have a lovely day! Cheers

    July 27, 2013

  • Dorota

    Hi
    I am planning to go if anyone wants lift I will be going from Hampton court

    Cheers

    Dorota

    July 10, 2013

    • Maria Paula P.

      Hi Dorota, morning. I'm afraid I can't make it today. Have a lovely day! Cheers

      July 27, 2013

  • Tina K.

    apologies, really not feeling well today

    July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, not feeling well enough for a hilly walk. Have a great time.

    July 26, 2013

  • Samantha D.

    Sorry I have to work now

    July 26, 2013

  • Helen C.

    I would like to join the walk but not sure how to get to the meeting point. I'm staying in Godalming and would appreciate a lift from Guildford; more than happy to contribute towards fuel. Thanks a lot!

    July 25, 2013

    • Matthew K.

      I'm doing it too! OK, I'll assume then that you'll be coming with Andrew, in which case I'll see you over there! All the best, Matt.

      July 26, 2013

    • Helen C.

      Hi Matthew, thanks all the same and look forward to the walk and meeting everyone!

      July 26, 2013

  • Andrew

    I will be driving by Guildford if anyone wants a lift.

    July 26, 2013

    • Andrew

      OK, I'll pick you up at the station at 11.45. I'll be driving a black Peugeot 207 registration GF61..., hopefully just outside the station.

      July 26, 2013

    • Helen C.

      Great Andrew! Thanks. Hopefully, you can recognise me by my photo. I'll be in my outdoor gear and carrying an orange racksack.

      July 26, 2013

  • kathryn l.

    Sorry unable to join you on this walk have a good day

    July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all,
    the weather forecast is rather good, with a pleasant 23C and apparently we will escape any rain, so it should be very good walking weather!

    July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to come but live Reigate area... any chance someone is going from that direction that would like to car share?

    July 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am going from Cobham, and giving a lift to 2 people already, so you're welcome to join us.

      July 26, 2013

  • Angi

    Sorry, double booked, have a great time!

    July 25, 2013

  • Angi

    Sorry, have double booked! Have a lovely time and see you again soon!!

    July 25, 2013

  • carolyn

    sorry wont be attending, need to look after mum after bereavement. xc

    July 24, 2013

  • Valerie

    Is anyone going from Woking or Guildford, as would appreciate a lift? Happy to contribute towards fuel. Thanks

    July 9, 2013

    • Valerie

      Hi Matthew that sounds good. I'll stand outside M&S. what sort of car do you drive so that I can recognise you? Hopefully you should be able to recognise me from my photos.

      July 20, 2013

    • Matthew K.

      Hi Valerie, I have a grey Renault Clio. If you wait outside M&S at 11.30 I should be able to spot you. Have a good week, Matt.

      July 21, 2013

  • Maria Paula P.

    Hi Dorota, it'd be great if I could come with you. I can do Hampton Court! Same as Nazita, happy to pay towards petrol. Thx a million!

    July 11, 2013

    • Dorota

      Hi Maria

      July 12, 2013

    • Jane

      Hi can I come along from Hampton Court? Thx

      July 20, 2013

  • Matthew K.

    Liking the sound of this a lot!

    July 15, 2013

  • Dorota

    I will be driving from Molesey/ Hampton court and I can pick up somebody

    July 11, 2013

    • Naz

      Hi Dorota, so am I and would love a lift. Be happy to pay towards petrol. Where should I meet you? At the HC train station?

      July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone wants a lift to the Punch Bowl from Cobham railway station, let me know

    July 9, 2013

    • Bisi

      Thanks Tom

      July 9, 2013

    • Bisi

      I might come with you. Will let you know nearer the time.

      July 9, 2013

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