Tour the Course

The route follows established trails in and around the Devil’s Punchbowl and Hindhead Commons. These cover 650 hectares (about 1600 acres) and are managed by the National Trust.

Rare lowland heath and semi- natural woodland cover most of the property together with a small area of wetland and fields of acid grassland. These habitats support many forms of wildlife that you may see on your visit.

At the centre of the property is a sandstone ridge. The ridge runs from Hindhead village in the West to Gibbet Hill in the East. At a height of 272m (892 feet) above sea level Gibbet Hill is the second highest point in Surrey.

To the North of the ridge lies the steep- sided Devil’s Punchbowl, parts of which are gradually being restored to lowland heath.

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  • Start- Highcombe Edge car park (790m)

    The opening section of the route is on relatively flat , wide, well established trails that skirt the SW edge of the Devil's Punchbowl. This section of the route shares the trails used by the Highcombe Hike (yellow waymark arrows).
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  • 2. Highcombe Edge car park- Robertson Memorial (540m)

    Leave the car park via the gate next to the cattle grid passing the information board on your right. Follow the wide hard packed trail until it forks with the Punchbowl to your right. At the fork take the right fork (temporarily leaving the Highcombe Hike). ROAM 639 & the Highcombe Trail re- join a short while later. Then take a right turn to the Robertson memorial. There is a bench by the memorial affording views across the Punchbowl. (Both the memorial and viewpoint are shown on trail guide map).
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  • 3. Robertson Memorial- Keepers Cottage (1.2km)

    Leave the viewpoint heading north on the trail. The trail gently descends and becomes rockier. At a multi- way junction the trail double backs on itself and descends via a wide, well maintained track. At the bottom of this descent turn left towards Keepers Cottage. The Highcombe Trail & ROAM 639 split at this point. If you wish to shorten your walk follow the Highcombe Trail signs which will take you back to the start via the most direct route.
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  • 4. Keepers Cottage- Gnome Cottage (1.0km)

    Continue on the trail past Keepers Cottage crossing a small stream via a wooden bridge. The trail narrows and steepens slightly as it climbs to a gate. Pass through the gate and climb up a wide, steep rocky trail to a T junction. At the T junction there is a bench if needed, otherwise turn right and follow the trail until it reaches a cattle grid. Cross the cattle grid and continue ahead, passing Gnome Cottage on your left hand side after a short while.
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  • 5. Gnome Cottage- Steps (1.2km)

    The trail begins to rise. At the next junction turn left and follow the tarmaced right of way. This will rise steeply up Sugar Loaf Hill. After a few hundred metres, turn right by the yellow grit bin onto a flatter trail. Pass through the gate onto a wide, well surfaced trail. This rolls its way along the lower Northern edge of the bowl until you reach a multi- way junction just before the steps. Continue ahead towards the steps.
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  • 6. Steps- Sailor's Stone (1.18km)

    The steps are possibly the toughest section of the trail. They are irregular in height and spacing. At the top you can look forward to a flat section with several benches available offering views across the bowl. Pass through the gate and then turn hard left. This section of ROAM 639 shares trails with the Sailor's Stroll (blue waymarks) and the Hidden Hindhead Trail (pink waymarks). The trail is relatively flat, level and wide. It passes over the old A3 and then joins a paved 'road'. Turn left onto this 'road' with the Puncnbowl on your left. At the Sailor's Stone (a memorial stone set to the left of the trail) you can look back into the bowl and see where you have come from.
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  • 7. Sailor's Stone- Temple of the Four Winds (940m)

    Coninue on the paved road for a short while before bearing right towards Gibbet Hill. This section of ROAM 639 shares the same route as the Sailor's Stroll. At the Trig point (marked as viewpoint on trail guide) you are at the second highest point in Surrey. Turn right at the Trig point down a steep path, continue on this path straight across the cross- roads and continue up hill. The trail will widen and roll its way to the site of the Temple of the Four Winds (marked as viewpoint on trail guide). This section of ROAM 639 shares the trails with the Hidden Hindhead Trail (pink waymark arrows).
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  • 8. Temple of the Four Winds- Farnham Lane (1.4km)

    Turn your back on the Temple and descend Hurt Hill on the relatively steep hard- packed trail. At the T- junction at the bottom turn right passing a pond on your right hand side. Continue ahead on a wide, muddy trail and then through a gate into a clearing. At the fork, bear left onto a sheltered path. Turn left and enjoy a gentle descent to a gate. Pass through the gate onto an unadopted section of Farnham Lane. This section of ROAM 639 shares the trails with the Hidden Hindhead Trail (pink waymark arrows).
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  • 9. Farnham Lane- Finish (2.03k)

    Turn right and follow Farnham Lane up the hill. After a few hundred meteres, by 'The Dovecote' (2nd house on left), turn right through the wooden gate following the waymark arrows onto Hindhead Common. Follow the wide, sandy and at times rocky trail as it gently climbs up hill. Stay on this trail, passing through a wooden gate until you return to the paved road that featured at the end of leg 6. Here, turn left and follow the trail back to the Cafe/ Finish. This section of ROAM 639 shares the trails with the Hidden Hindhead Trail (pink waymark arrows).
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