Devil’s Punch Bowl and Hindhead

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Devil's Punch Bowl, London Road, Hindhead GU26 6AB
Directions
From the North - Continue south along the A3 through the tunnel. On leaving the tunnel take the first exit (A333) signposted to Hindhead (Devil's Punch Bowl). At the traffic lights carry straight on and the car park is on your left hand side.From the South - Continue along the A3 north of Liphook and take the exit signposted 'PROHIBITED VEHICLES' (A333) towards Hindhead (Devil's Punch Bowl). At the traffic lights carry straight on and the car park is on your left hand side.
XC: Park in the main car park then cross the main road passed the forestry buildings. Then follow the signs for the look out point. You will come to a flat area with a large stone cross. Follow the path next to the cross on down a small slope. Then you will start to see the trails on your right hand side.
DH Hindhead: Park in the cafe car park, cross the road and head though a metal gate and turn left following the tracks.

The Devil’s Punchbowl is near Hindhead in Surrey. It has a large network of XC trails (often steep and challenging) as well as a few Downhill tracks. It is in an area called the Greensand Ridge next to the North Downs. It is technically still part of the Surrey Hills which we more often think of in relation to Leith, Winterfold, Pitch and Holmbury (also great riding spots).

Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl are both designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It is managed by the National Trust so is popular with walkers and horse riders so please be aware and considerate. 
 

Cross Country (XC)

  • This myriad of XC trails is numerous and can as mentioned be steep and challenging. This is natural terrain so you will either need to hook up with a local, or explore with a GPS. We have put some of the GPS in the tab below.  

Hindhead Downhill

  • The Downhill runs are off the south side of the devils punch bowl at Gibbet hill. There are around 4-5 short steep tracks.  

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August 31, 2016
301 visits
Submitted by: stumpy_dan
This ride kicks off (and ends) at the Devils Punch Bowl car park in Hindhead. Lots of fun descents that are gnarly, can get quite steep. 9 miles
August 23, 2016
188 visits
Submitted by: stumpy_dan
The route is about 21 miles long and starts (and ends) on Tilford road in Tilford Village Green. The route covers quite a lot of fireroad type terrain (wide paths). It lacks a bit of gnarl but a good XC fitness ride.

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    Gnarly steep fun ride. Starts and ends at Devils Punch Bowl main car park in Hindhead. About 9 miles long.
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4.2
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4.5  (2)
Trail Variety 
 
4.3  (2)
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Great natural descents
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
4.5

- Rough, rocky wild horse tracks (mainly descents) are linked together by fire roads for climbs.
- best in dry weather when it can be fast and pretty brutal on both bike and body due to the roots and rocks.
- the downhill tracks are steep and gnarly but quite short and end disappointingly quickly
- excellent facilities with a national trust run cafe and good toilets and parking.

User Review

Bad Points
- lots of walkers
- can get busy in summer (when its best to go)
Would you recommend?
Yes
CR
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Gnarly steep and fun
(Updated: December 28, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.0

Had an awesome ride at Devils Punch Bowl today. Lots of fun descents that are gnarly, can get quite steep, the occasional (breath holding) shute down on top also. There is a massive expanse of trails with a myriad of options. It can get quite technical and the ups can be steep. I did quite a lot of pushing up but was worth it for the gnarly descents. Natural feel but a few carved sections and a really neat downhill area.

I rode some of my best technical riding here in many years and it pushed my game forward so I will be making this a regular. Go with a mate or a gps. Otherwise will be hard to navigate.

User Review

Good Points
- lots of variety
- steeps gnarly rooty sections
- neat dh runs too
Bad Points
- go early in the day as car park can get quite busy
- as you park at the top the final leg is a long climb up (very worth it).
Would you recommend?
Yes
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