Devil's Punch Bowl, Celtic Cross, Temple of Four Winds - hiking adventure

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Clapham Junction

St John's Hill


SW11 1SP

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Let's dive into shrouded in legend and mystery part of Surrey. This hike will take us through areas of outstanding beauty. We will pass devil's punch bowl, sailor's stone, Celtic Cross, Temple of Four Winds and an original milestone from the turnpike road.

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Price: £25.80 includes train tickets, hike and admin fee.

Club Members' price: £21.17

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Distance: 11km (6.8 miles)

Ascent: 356 metres

Descent: 328 metres

Difficulty: moderate. Walk includes some steeping gradients and uneven surfaces. Make sure you have appropriate clothing and footwear as it can be very muddy at places.

Lunch: We will stop for lunch at Devil's Punch Bowl. If you would rather bring your own meal that's ok, you will be able to eat it at the view point. However the Sunday Roast at the Devil's Punch Bowl is to die for. :)

Return time: It will be a leisurely walk and should take between 3-4 hours. We will also stop for one hour for lunch. However, it is impossible to predict the exact timings as it depends on the walking speed of the particular group we have on the day.

Meeting point: We will meet at Clapham Junction Station at the main entrance (the one with Sainsbury's), next to the ticket offices. Look out for the balloon with Curious Kat group's logo.

Meeting Time: at 09:20 a.m.

We will make our way to the platform at 09:30 a.m. If you are late I'm afraid we will not be able to wait and you will be missing the trip. Of course if you want, you can try to catch up with us at the platform, but the host will be making sure the group gets on the right train, so you will have to figure out the way. Also, you will have to find another way of getting in as I will have your train ticket.

Train*: We will aim to take the 09:39 am train from Clapham Junction, arriving in Haslemere at 10:28 am.

*Please note that as the rail network is very unreliable, those details might change depending on the train delays and we may take an earlier or later train. The decision might need to be taken by the leader on the spot to suit the group's needs. If you do not arrive at the meeting time, we can not guarantee that you will be able to catch up with the group as the leader may not be able to update you about any changes - even if you call or message them, as sometimes the phone network might not be available and often they might be busy taking care of the group. Leader's priority will always have to be the customers that arrived on time. We add the train details in order to help you out if you have problems getting to the meeting point on time, but take no responsibility for any changes - so the only way to ensure you do not miss out on the event is to arrive on time at the meeting point.

Please make sure that you are dressed appropriately to the weather. We will not cancel the trip unless the conditions make it dangerous for us to make the walk. If the trip was cancelled you would of course be refunded.

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Devil's Punch Bowl:

The soil in this part of Surrey has two layers — an upper
layer of sandstone, with clay beneath. This deep depression is believed to be the result of erosion caused by spring water beneath the sandstone, causing the upper level to collapse. With its steep sides, the Devil's Punch Bowl has become a natural nature reserve, filled with heathland, streams and woodland.

Local legend has a much more colourful theory as to its
creation. According to one story, during the Middle Ages the Devil became so irritated by all the churches being built in Sussex that he decided to dig a channel from the English Channel, through the South Downs, and flood the area. As he began digging, he threw up huge lumps of earth, each of which became a local landmark — such as Chanctonbury Ring, Cissbury Ring, Mount Caburn and Rackham Hill. He got as far as the village of Poynings (an area known as the Devil's Dyke) when he was disturbed by a cock crowing (one version of the story claims that it was the prayers of St Dunstan that made all the local cocks crow earlier than usual). Assuming that dawn was about to break, he leapt into Surrey, creating the Devil's Punch Bowl where he landed.

Another story goes that, in his spare time, he hurled lumps of earth at the god Thor to annoy him. The hollow he scooped the earth out of became the Punch Bowl. The local village of Thursley means Thor's place. An alternative version of this story says that Thor threw the earth at the Devil, who was annoying Thor by jumping across the Devil's Jumps.

A still older story claims that two giants clashed in the area, and one, scooping up earth to throw at the other, created the landmark before missing the throw and creating the Isle of Wight.

An original milestone from the turnpike road:

We will trade on the original route of the old London to Portsmouth road. From 1748 - 1873 the road was owned by the Kingston - upon- Thames to Sheet Bridge Turnpike Company which maintained the road and collected toll from travellers, but offered no protection fron highwaymen.

This old milestone was recently discovered lying down the
bank of the old A3. Balfour Beatty used their lifting machinery to recover it and the National Trust has re-instated it in almost exactly its original position. It is only a short way along the old turnpike route, (byway 500, going east from the main car park) and still clearly bears the carved inscriptions of the distances to London, Portsmouth, Godalming and Liphook.

Milestones were a common feature of turnpike roads, placed at mile intervals to guide travellers. From 1767, they were compulsory on turnpike roads to help coaches keep to schedule.

Sailor's Stone:

The Unknown Sailor was an anonymous seafarer murdered in
September 1786 at Hindhead in Surrey, England. His murderers were hanged in chains on Gibbet Hill, Hindhead the following year.

The Sailor's Stone was erected by James Stillwell of nearby
Cosford Mill soon after the murder. It was sited on the Old Coaching Road from London to Portsmouth close to the site of the murder. The inscription on the front of the stone reads:

Erected in detestation of a barbarous murder Committed here on an unknown Sailor On Sep, 24th 1786 By Edwd. Lonegon, Mich. Casey & Jas. Marshall Who were all taken the same day And hung in Chains near this place Whoso sheddeth Man's Blood by Man shall his Blood be shed. Gen Chap 9 Ver 6

The Celtic cross:

The Celtic cross on Gibbet Hill marks the spot where three rogues were hung for the murder of a sailor on the old Portsmouth Road. The Hill lies above the Devil's Punch Bowl and is the second highest point in Surrey.

The Temple of the Four Winds:

The Temple of the Four Winds was built around 1910 by Viscount Pirrie, a leading Irish shipbuilder and businessman.

The Viscount’s Witley Park estate included a deer park over this area and many elaborate picnic lunches were held at the lodge for his hunting friends. Vicount Pirrie used to enjoy looking out over his estate from here and admiring the extensive views.

Sadly the lodge gradually fell into disrepair and was vandalised in 1959. By 1966 it had become a hazard and had to be dismantled.

Now only the stone base remains, and over the years scrub undergrowth has begun too obscure some of the magnificent views.

With help from the Black Down & Hindhead Supporters the scrub and undergrowth around the lodge remains has been removed opening up wonderful views and work will be undertaken to restore the stone plinth.

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Important Information:

Please note that we may need to contact you from time to time with important information via email. If you have booked a trip or an event with us, please ensure that you provide us with an up-to-date email address* and check your inbox regularly for any important updates, as you may miss out on critical information ( such as change of venue, time changes, etc.) or might end up missing out on the event altogether! Please note that we will not be able to process any refunds, should this happen.

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*Please provide us with these details at least 2 working days before the event and during our office hours.


By signing up to this event you confirm that you have read and consented to our terms and conditions (click to download) and waiver (click to download). You will also email signed copy of both to us on admin@katsadventures.com within 3 days of making the payment for the event and no later than 3 days before the event. You also agree to a 'no refund' policy.

INSURANCE: You also confirm that you will be responsible for your own insurance and make sure that it is at an appropriate level for this trip and activities you will be participating in. In addition to your own Personal Civil liability insurance you will need an individual insurance for multi-risk and multi-activity holidays (expenses of cancellation, research - help, repatriation, medical expenses, theft of luggage, etc.) appropriate for the activities to be undertaken as part of the holiday. The general travel insurance is often minimal and rarely adapted to the active holidays. Please check the details with your insurance provider.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any doubts, queries or would like to chat to anyone about the best options for you, please contact us via email on admin@curiouskatsadventures.com or phone: 0749 642 82 37. Our lines are open Monday to Friday 10am - 6pm and we will get back to you within 3 working days. Please note that messages sent through any other channels may not be picked up.

What's the refund policy?

As you know the group operates a no refund policy due to most of the costs having to be paid in advance. However we understand that sometimes things come up and there is nothing you can do, you just have to cancel.

In this case we would be happy to allow you to sell your place to one of your friends. No direct swaps will be accepted though, so your friend needs to buy the place directly from us and only then we will process a refund to you. No one will be admitted on the trip, unless they pay directly to us.

To make sure we know that the swap will be taking place please email us before your friend signs up and let us know their name and when they will be making the payment. Please include the information about the trip as with over 60 upcoming events and almost 8,000 members we are getting hundreds of emails per day, so we need the correct information to identify it.

Please note that if you forget to let us know before your friend signs up, the swap will be invalid and will be treated as any other sale. Once the payment is done by them, please email us the details of original transaction (so that it can be found in the bank account/paypal account) and where should we be sending refund to.

Admin fee of 10% (minimum £3.50) applies to all refunds. Paypal fees are non refundable. The refund will be processed within 5 working days of the trip the latest.

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