Thursley - Devil's Punchbowl - Thursley

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Thursley is a small Surrey village which lies just west of the A3, between Milford and Hindhead. That may be enough information to answer the question "Now where have I seen that name?" as you are more likely to have driven past at speed than stopped there. The name came from the Norse god Thor and the settlement was probably a site where he was worshipped.

"I have seldom ridden on pleasanter ground than that which I found between Woolmer Forest and this beautiful village of Thursley" - William Cobbett, 1823. Thursley is known for its common, a National Nature Reserve which is an area of lowland peat bog providing a rich habitat for dragonflies, damselflies, the endangered woodlark and the Dartford warbler. Thursley Military Camp, renamed 'Tweedsmuir' after Lord Tweedsmuir, the author John Buchan, housed British, American and Canadian forces during World War II and later housed Polish refugees.

Thursley was also the childhood home of the architect Edwin Lutyens.

The village pub, the Three Horseshoes, is community-owned. It was saved, having been closed for five years, when over twenty villagers raised the funds needed to purchase the business in 2004. The previous owner had tried to sell the property, which dates back to 1840, as a private house.

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England - South England - Surrey - Surrey Hills


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Church, Great Views, Hills or Fells, National Trust, Pub, Public Transport, Wildlife, Woodland
31/08/2020 - Paula Lush

Nice walk , but we cut short from point 16 and took GW route back to go under A3 and back to Thursley as walk is definitely longer than the 6 miles given as full distance. We had 3 different GPS trackers on and we had 3 different distances given for the route we took baring in mind we chopped off points 17 to 21 we still covered 6.25 / 6.80 or 7.45 miles depending which tracker you went with ! I am guessing with the sections we missed this would be more like an 8 mile walk. Still very enjoyable , but do watch out for Mountain Bikers especially if you are dog walking as there are many of them.on route .

25/06/2020 - bob higgins

Brilliant walk and easy diversion to Gibbet hill for sandwich is really worth it. In section 14 after crossing the field there are 2 large trees fallen recently. The stile is still standing but in the middle of the fallen tree. the best I can offer is, climb over and round first fallen tree and keep going in same direction with pond on left and stream on right. In 10 yds you will see the farm beyond the next fallen tree"

23/09/2018 - Claire Edwards

Lovely route with clear directions. I ran it with the dog and apart from the stretches on roads, found it to be dog-friendly. If I did it again, I would stay on the GW at waymark 8, go to the top of Gibbet Hill to enjoy the wonderful views of Devil's Punchbowl and turn left to rejoin the route at waymark 10 after the A3 tunnels.

22/09/2009 - Adrian Perkins

Many thanks to Patricia Daw for her update for this walk. Adrian (Admin)

22/09/2009 - Patricia Daw

My hubby and I have just completed this lovely walk. Excellent directions. The viewing platform to look down on the A3 tunnel is still there as it won't be finished until 2012! The EIEIO shop is now a flooring shop so no afternoon tea for us - we had a shandy in the lovely garden of the Three Horseshoes pub in Thursley instead - will return for dinner on another occasion - excellent looking menu. My first walk from this site - I'm impressed. 20-9-09

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