GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Hindhead Walk

4 miles (6 km)

Hindhead is the highest village in Surrey and a great place to start a walk. There's miles of woodland and heathland trails across the National Trust's Hindhead Common. The area includes hill climbs, wildlife, ponds and the popular Devil's Punch Bowl.
This circular walk from Hindhead explores Hindhead Common, Gibbet Hill and the southern part of the woods. You can start the walk from the National Trust car park on the common and follow footpaths east up to Gibbet Hill where there are excellent views to enjoy. On the way you'll pass the Sailor's memorial stone which has an interesting history attached to it. See the video below for more details.
The route then descends into the Hurthill Copse before following bridleways south west. The route then turns north towards the Tyndalls Estate and the car park.


GU26 6AG - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Hindhead OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Hindhead Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Devil's Punchbowl cafe at the start/end of the walk serves a fine range of meals and snacks.

Dog Walking

The woodland and heathland trails are ideal for dog walking and the National Trust cafe mentioned above is also dog friendly in the outdoor section.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The popular Frensham Ponds are located close to the common near the picturesque village of Tilford. They would make a fine extension to your outing.
In Elstead there's the Thursley National Nature Reserve to explore. It's located a couple of miles to the north and has miles of footpaths through heathland and woodland with a huge variety of wildlife.
The medieval ponds at the National Trust's Waggoners Wells and the woodland trails across Ludshott Common are also nearby.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Surrey Walks and Surrey Hills Walks pages.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Surrey Hills - - 1173566

Surrey Hills. The Surrey Hills logo on a totem pole by the National Trust café at the Devil's Punch Bowl.

Steps down to the Sailor's Stone - - 818762

Steps down to the Sailor's Stone. In 1786, a sailor travelling from London to Portsmouth docks was brutally murdered by three individuals he had befriended in a local pub in Thursley. Following this tragic event, the Sailor’s Stone was erected to mark the spot where the sailor lost his life. The three highwaymen responsible for the crime were subsequently tried and hanged on Gibbet Hill, close to the scene of the murder, as a deterrent to other potential criminals. Following the executions, various fears and superstitions emerged surrounding Gibbet Hill. In 1851, Sir William Erle, an English lawyer, judge, and Whig politician, funded the installation of a Celtic cross on Gibbet Hill to dispel these fears and uplift the local community. The Celtic cross has since been designated as a Grade II listed monument by English Heritage. To delve into the area's grim history, one can take a walk along the Old Portsmouth Road around the Devil’s Punch Bowl, where both the Celtic cross and the Sailor’s Stone with its inscription can be found.

The Gibbet Stone, on Gibbet Hill, Hindhead

The Gibbet Stone, on Gibbet Hill, Hindhead. The Celtic Cross is all that remains as a monument to the Gibbet, an iron cage where hanged criminals were kept, that once stood on Gibbet Hill in Hindhead, Surrey.

Cycling on Gibbet Hill - - 684160

Cycling on Gibbet Hill. The old track is being resurfaced, perhaps to take traffic to the viewpoint over the A3 Tunnel North Portal. the verges will need some more work too.

Temple (rems of) - - 5671251

Temple of the Four Winds (rems of). The structure known as the Temple of the Four Winds was constructed circa 1910 by Viscount Pirrie, a prominent Irish shipbuilder and entrepreneur. Situated within the Viscount's Witley Park estate, this area once housed a deer park, where elaborate picnics were frequently hosted at the lodge for his hunting companions. Viscount Pirrie took pleasure in surveying his estate from this vantage point and appreciating the expansive vistas. Regrettably, over time, the lodge fell into disrepair and was subjected to vandalism in 1959. By 1966, it posed a hazard and had to be dismantled, leaving only the stone base intact. Nevertheless, with assistance from the Black Down & Hindhead Supporters, the vegetation surrounding the old lodge has been cleared, once again revealing splendid views. Take a hike up to Hurt Hill to witness the ongoing restoration efforts, aimed at eventually reinstating the stone plinth to its former grandeur.

In Hurthill Copse - - 683153

In Hurthill Copse. You can hardly see the wood for the trees here - hundreds of deciduous tree trunks. Hurt is an old Surrey word for whorts (whortleberries).

Pretty garden at Coombswell - - 1173898

Pretty garden at Coombswell, Haslemere in the style of nearby Munstead House, the garden of which is listed under the national statutory protection scheme for being designed and written about widely by its early 20th century owner, leading garden builder and designer, Gertrude Jekyll. The house itself was designed by Edwin Lutyens and together they re-invigorated a love of the natural world and natural methods of construction respectively, as major figures in the Arts and Crafts movement/campaign.

Wide valley at Hindhead Common - - 1562436

Wide valley at Hindhead Common. This part of the common has few trees but is covered with heather and short grass. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author renowned for creating Sherlock Holmes, resided at Undershaw in Hindhead from 1897 to 1907. During his time there, Sir Arthur often strolled on the Commons, and he was actively involved in the initial Hindhead Commons committee alongside Sir Robert Hunter and others. Legend has it that Conan Doyle drew inspiration from Hindhead for his famous novel 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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