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|Gibbet Hill and Hindhead Common|
|Author: Claire, Published: 08 Sep 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3 mile circular walk from the Devil’s Punch Bowl in Surrey, taking in Gibbet Hill and Hindhead Common. There are spectacular views into the Punch Bowl and across the Surrey Hills as well as chance to glimpse the resident ponies and discover some chilling history. |
The walk has long but steady climbs and descents throughout and the paths can become very muddy in the winter and after periods of rain. There are no stiles along the way, just a number of kissing gates and steps. The common is grazed by wild ponies and Highland Cattle so take care with dogs. There is a cafe and toilets by the car park at the start. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
The walk starts and finishes from the National Trust car park at the Devil’s Punchbowl, just outside Hindhead. Leave the A3 at the junction just south of the Hindhead Tunnel and follow the brown signs. The car park fee is £4 per day (correct September 2014). Approximate post code GU26 6AB.
|Start to Gibbet Hill|
Start point: 51.1147 lat, -0.7285 long
From the car park, follow the obvious stone path through the picnic area, towards the view point over the Devil’s Punch Bowl. On the right you will see a wooden signpost marking a number of walking trails. Turn right here, to join the Hidden Hindhead Trail, marked with a pink and black arrow symbol. You will be following these pink and black waymarks for the entire route.
|Gibbet Hill to Temple of the Four Winds|
Start point: 51.1155 lat, -0.7158 long
Gibbet Hill is the second highest point in Surrey, standing at 272m above sea level. Take time to enjoy the panoramic views. On clear days it is possible to see several landmarks within London, including Wembley Stadium and The Gherkin. The hill takes its name from the Gibbet (a type of gallows) that once stood here and was used to execute criminals. The bodies were hung in metal cages to deter other criminals.
|Temple of the Four Winds to Common Gate|
Start point: 51.1148 lat, -0.7068 long
Turn right here and then keep right at the fork. You will pass between a number of impressive old oak trees and through a section of coppiced sweet chestnut trees. When you reach a T-junction with a vehicle track, turn right along this, passing a pond on the right.
|Common Gate to Dovecote|
Start point: 51.1125 lat, -0.7143 long
Go through the gate (Note: you may come across wild ponies and Highland Cattle from this point so keep dogs under close control) and follow the obvious grass path steadily uphill. The path swings left to join a stone track. Continue ahead as another path merges in from the right.
|Dovecote to End|
Start point: 51.1058 lat, -0.7234 long
Turn right here, passing through the kissing gate to re-enter Hindhead Common. Follow the obvious path ahead into the heath which is a blaze of purple in the late summer months. When you reach a crossroads, keep left, following the pink/black markers. Continue following the pink/black waymarks which lead you through the common. Keep your eyes peeled as you are likely to get a glimpse of the Highland Cattle in this section.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 09 Sep 2014
T & E on the last leg of the walk September 2014
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Uploaded: 24 Aug 2016
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