Waterloo Station, London SE1 8SW
This is a combination of Devil's Punchbowl and Temple of the Winds hikes to deliver our first LONG distance very FAST pace hike of the year. As we are limited by the daylight in January, the pace will be challenging in our race against the sun.
We will start the walk through Bagmoor Common Nature Reserve and the lakes of Warren Mere. The walk takes in heathland, sandy tracks, and the lakes at Warren Mere.
Thursley Common is peaceful and there are fine views after ascending the impressive Devil's Punchbowl, overlooked by 273-meter high Gibbet Hill.
The hike is 21 miles long, we will stop for two packed lunches on the way and some tea.
This hike is very challenging and FAST PACED so not suitable for not experienced hikers and beginners. You must be healthy and very fit to participate.
Many of you will wonder how the Devil's Punchbowl was created. Wikipedia suggested the following: "The soil in this part of Surrey has two layers — an upper layer of sandstone, with clay beneath. This deep depression is believed to be the result of erosion caused by spring water beneath the sandstone, causing the upper level to collapse. With its steep sides, the Devil's Punch Bowl has become a natural nature reserve, filled with heathland, streams and woodland.
Local legend has much more colourful theories as to its creation. According to one story, the Devil became so irritated by all the churches being built in Sussexduring the Middle Ages that he decided to dig a channel from the English Channel through the South Downs and flood the area. As he began digging, he threw up huge lumps of earth, each of which became a local landmark — such as Chanctonbury Ring, Cissbury Ring, Mount Caburn, and Rackham Hill. He got as far as the village of Poynings (an area known as the Devil's Dyke) when he was disturbed by a cock crowing. (One version of this story claims that it was the prayers of St Dunstan that made all the local cocks crow earlier than usual.) The devil assumed that dawn was about to break and leapt into Surrey, creating the Devil's Punch Bowl where he landed.
Another story goes that, in his spare time, he hurled lumps of earth at the god Thor to annoy him. The hollow out of which he scooped the earth became the Punch Bowl. The local village of Thursley means Thor's place. An alternative version of this story says that Thor threw the earth at the Devil, who was annoying Thor by jumping across the Devil's Jumps.
A still older story claims that two giants clashed in the area, and one scooped up earth to throw at the other, creating the landmark before missing the throw and creating the Isle of Wight
Travel by train from London Waterloo departing 7:15, arriving 08:06 to Milford. Tickets are £14.15 pp (in groups of minimum 3 people). We are meeting next to the ticket office at London Waterloo at 6:50 in order to buy group-saver ticket. Buy Haslemere return.
The train will pass by Clapham Junction at 7:23 if you prefer to board the train there. Just let me know in advance.
The group will board the train 10-15 min before the departure.
You must be appropriately dressed for this hike. Hiking boots, extra warm layers and waterproofs are essential. Please bring TWO packed lunches, 3 litres of water and snacks for the duration of the hike. Head torches are a must on this hike that will finish past sunset.
A note about the Outdoor Adventure Club:
The OAC is a 'not for profit' organisation under the supervision of the government appointed CIC Regulator. It is run entirely for the benefit for its members and organisers receive no financial gain for the time and skills they volunteer.
A contribution of £5 is requested for this walk because currently we need to raise money so we can develop a fund to pay for training and provide basic equipment for a leadership team. This team will need first aid skills and proper navigation training which is quite costly. On top of this we need to pay for insurance and accountancy fees. It all adds up and your contribution is greatly appreciated. However if you are unemployed or facing financial hardship please let us know and we are happy for you to join the walk without making any financial contribution.
I love hiking and outdoor activities.
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.