Thursley - Devil's Punchbowl - circular

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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.

For more about the Greensand Way, see Additional Info.

England - South England - Surrey - Surrey Hills

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Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Church, Great Views, Hills or Fells, National Trust, Pub, Public Transport, Wildlife, Woodland
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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