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    The Devil's Punchbowl

    Saturday 20th April

    Distance 11 miles, Circular Grade Moderate Start Time 11:00 Host Matthew Fowler Start Location GU27 2PD

    Meeting point: Haslemere train station

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We will leave Haslemere Station and head up some roads and farm tracks to start to reach Polecat Valley. This will start the climb up to the Devil's Punchbowl, once at the top, we will take a quick break before descending down to Highcombe Bottom.

At the halfway point there is a nice area to sit and have lunch, then we can head up towards the A3 tunnel viewpoint which shouldn't be too tricky a climb. Afterward, we shall head to the Gibbet Hill and pass through some farmland at the Inval. Once we cross some railway lines it's a straight dash to the Wheatsheaf Inn outside Haslemere, where we can stop for a quick drink.

Finally, we shall avoid the busy main street by taking the quieter Highercombe Road and return to Haslemere Station through the town.

Our walk gradings

  • E


    Easy Walks are for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty, a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Suitable for pushchairs if they can be lifted over occasional obstructions. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.

  • L


    Leisurely Walks are for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths.

  • M


    Moderate Walks are for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm waterproof clothing are highly recommended.

  • S


    Strenuous Walks are for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. May include hills and rought country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm waterproof clothing are essential. People in doubt about their fitness are advised to contact the walk leader in advance.

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About our walks

Non-members are welcome to join us for 3 "trial" walks before deciding to join us. You don't need to book in advance - just turn up on the day.

All our walks are graded to give you an idea of what each one will be like. If you're unsure of your fitness level, try a short, easy walk first. It's better to find a walk too easy than to make yourself miserable and exhausted.

Please remember

  • Bring appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather conditions.
  • Bring something to drink, even if the walk has a pub stop. On most full day walks you'll need to bring a picnic lunch. The walk details will show this.
  • If you wish to bring your dog on a walk, you must ask the walk leader in advance as some walks are not suitable for dogs.
  • Please arrive early so that the walk can start on time. We'll wait up to 10 minutes if you let us know you've been delayed en-route.

All our walks are led by SYW members. Please follow their instructions, don't walk ahead of them, and let them know if you decide to leave the walk before the end.

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