Guest Post – Tilly’s walk to The Devil’s Punchbowl

Posted By Hazel Winstanley / 4th September 2018 / Days Out / 0 Comments

Hi my doggie friends,

I am very lucky to have such a great place to walk about 2 miles from my new home. To get there you need to head for the area called Hindhead in Surrey.  Then follow the signs for the Devil’s Punchbowl  off the A287 road between Farnham and Haslemere.

Most dogs arrive by car with either their their hums and dums  ( human mums and dads) or sometimes with their whole family.  It is a National trust area so has a big car park and a nice cafe ( more about that later).  Bring your NT cards to park for free!  I get excited as we arrive as I can see lots of doggy pals getting ready for their walks. @nationaltrust

It’s a popular place but lots of room for everyone and lots of different walks.  Those little people in families often ride along on their bikes or scooters instead of using their legs. (They stop to pat me quite often as they say I look very cute).

Hum and dum work out where to go by looking at the map near the viewpoint which they always stand at… bit boring for me as I want to get going!   Off we go, sometimes to the right, sometimes left or maybe into the woods or into the adjoining common.  I don’t mind as I like the scent trails and always see doggy pals to play with. Just watch out for the water pools ( hum and dum  stop me from going in, but some dogs sneak in before their hum or dum notice –  they do look great covered in mud and they smell divine!)

En route hum and dum stop to take photos or read notice boards along the way- I hear them saying they “make the walk” whatever that means!  They always show their friends the one on the floor which tells them what they’re standing on- who would know?!

Some families and their dogs settle for a picnic before heading home ( lots of benches near the cafe)

Before we get back in the car hum and dum usually want to buy coffee / tea – if dry weather from the NT cafe on site (outside, but with doggy bowls, and lots of dog friends. If damp weather, we go to the  Pickwick cafe ( just before the car park entrance) outside but covered. The owner likes dogs and always says “hello”but inside his cafe is too small to let us in.   If really wet we go into the Devil’s Punchbowl Hotel – dogs welcome in the bar for coffee time or lunch. Easy to find at the entrance to the car park.  No dog bedrooms there though so you can’t stay for a holiday.

Tilly

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