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Exploring Hindhead

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Sunday, 6 March, 2016
10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Devil’s Punch Bowl Cafe Hindhead

Exploring Hindhead Common

Sunday 6th March, 2016

National Trust car park at 11am

Free event- lifts from Guildford/Haslemere stations can be arranged

Come and join the Surrey Hills Society on this lovely winter ramble which starts at the National Trust Devil’s Punch Bowl café at Hindhead, in the west of the County.  We will explore Hindhead Common – one of the first pieces of land acquired by the National Trust in 1906.  Come and learn about the writers who were inspired by this often harsh and dramatic landscape.  Many writers have chosen to live in the area including George Bernard Shaw, and Arthur Conan Doyle who lived at Under Shaw (below Shaw’s house!). A famous Victorian novel by Sabine Baring-Gould entitledThe Broomsquire” was written in 1896 and is based on the area. Several children’s books about the heath were written by Monica Edwards in the 1940s and 50s.

The area was also a notorious highwayman’s site and a grim reminder remains in the form of a celtic cross that makes the site of the old gallows.  There is a true and grizzly story about a sailor who was murdered at Hindhead and is buried at Thursley churchyard.  A memorial stone, said to be cursed if moved, remains as a monument to this sad event.

Time of arrival is from 10:30am to leave at 11am. Lifts can be arranged from Guildford or Haslemere in advance by calling Chris Howard on 07879841000.

The walk will be guided at all times and will go ahead regardless of the weather.

Lunch is not included.  Please bring some snacks/packed lunch if you wish, which you can eat on the green.  A pub is available for lunches at your own cost.  There are also some shops to visit along the way including a café and two convenience stores if you need a hot drink.

This walk requires a reasonable level of fitness as there will be some steep areas.

Please also bring suitable clothing, walking shoes/boots for the day.

The walk should take no longer than 2 hours but it will depend on the size and speed of the group.

This is a free event but again booking is essential. Please contact either The Surrey Hills Society or Chris Howard who will be leading the trek on www.info@surreyhillssociety.org or phone/text 07879-841000.

This visit is suitable for dogs but they will be advised at times to put them on a lead near roads/farmland.