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Field Trip to the Devil’s Punch Bowl, Hindhead, Surrey
Saturday, 30th July 2022, 11:00 - 17:00
The Devil’s Punch Bowl (owned by the National Trust) is a splendid area of heathland, bog and ancient woodland on acid soil of the Lower Greensand and has great views to the North Downs.
Springs emerging at the base of the Hythe Beds sands have cut this amazing hollow through the site.
Once bordered by the A3 London-Portsmouth trunk road (that is now diverted underground via a tunnel) the tarmac has been removed and the road is now a level walkway around the rim of the Punch Bowl. In late summer the heather and ling will be in bloom.
It is accessible by public transport. Train from Waterloo to Haslemere, then 19 Stagecoach bus from opposite the station at 11.11am, arriving at Hindhead at 11.20.
Meeting up: June will be at Haslemere Station to meet the group at 11.00 and guide them to the bus. Those with Freedom cards should bring them, those without can either get a PlusBus ticket for Haslemere when they purchase their rail ticket or it is possible on Stagecoach buses to pay on the bus by cash, phone or card. Return on 23 bus to Haslemere station at 17.03, arriving at the station 17.14 or 19 bus at 17.28 at the station 17.39.
There is a visitor centre and facilities on site, and a car park (pay by phone, or National Trust members free). Other payments via the Rangers’ kiosk.
To give flexibility it will be advisable to bring lunch and a drink but we can purchase refreshments from the Visitor Centre. Ample picnic tables and seating.
Dr June Chatfield, OBE
Tickets: £30 Booking essential. Please book via the Eventbrite ticketing system here