Fresh air at Devils Punch Bowl

Devils Punch Bowl horizon

We had one of those nights. One where you lose out on about 3 hours sleep and have to eat like a pig all the next day just to feel slightly human, rather than hungover (even though unfairly no alcohol has passed your lips!). The cause of the hungover feeling is feeling refreshed and EXTRA super human after a lay-in of two hours that means she now wants to go to nursery, resulting in a super speedy breakfast and a slightly unhealthy packed lunch, and then a quick whizz round to the nursery (where I’m sure the staff think you are hungover and have just overslept – as dearest daughter does not look unwell or sleepy in the slightest!) I therefore must get out of the house with the toddler in the air otherwise I will collapse on the sofa, so we head to the Devils Punch Bowl in Hindhead, a National Trust site. (And breath!)

It turned out to be a lovely sunny morning, although there was a sharp wind and therefore pretty cool in the shade. I only intended on having a little stroll with Bodhi as he is pretty slow at walking, still having to look at all puddles, passer-bys and four-legged friends in this new found stage of toddlerhood.

Nice fresh air!

Stroll at Devils Punch Bowl

However, on such a bright sunny day it didn’t matter as the view at the Devils Punch Bowl is pretty stunning so with Bodhi having lots of stops there was plenty of opportunity for me to admire the views and keep snapping away.

Devils Punch Bowl view

Devils Punch Bowl horizon

Strolling around the Devils Punch Bowl

Blue skies and trees at Devils Punch Bowl

It always amazes me here as the ‘old’ A3 used to pass through the Devils Punch Bowl but you can still make out the old road form. I had many a journey as a child passing through the Devils Punch Bowl and Hindhead on the A3 going to the coast, but now the ‘new’ A3 goes under it in a mile long tunnel.

Old A3 Devils Punch Bowl

Bodhi had a good little wander, occasionally needing a pick up when the wind was quite strong but mostly strolling along. The route we took was short and flat, just perfect for a little stroll with a toddler. There are various other walking routes at the Devils Punch Bowl, one of which is a gently sloping path which is great for children to use their bikes and scooters on. There are the occasional car and fast bike that you have to look out for though!

Bodhi strolling

That was the morning cobwebs sorted, I just had the afternoon to get through!

What do you do when you’ve had a bad night? Do you have favourite places to go to blow the cobwebs away?

A Cornish Mum
ethannevelyn

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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29 Comments

  1. We love visiting the Devils Punch Bowl for walks. My mummy used to drive pass it everyday and there are stunning views from the A3. What glorious weather too, sound like you had a great day 🙂 #FabFridayPost #Countrykids x

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  2. The Devils Punch Bowl looks like the perfect place to go for a wander with your toddler, lots of fresh air and views to help you feel refreshed. There’s so much open space there I bet it’s lovely in the summer when you can relax and have a family picnic. I hope it helped you feel refreshed after a rough night! Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

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  3. Another fan of Devil’s Punchbowl here too! So beautiful and the views are amazing. I also can’t believe how we used to drive through it as well. Bit mind-boggling. Nature has taken over the site pretty quickly I think?! I like a walk along one of the beaches near me..Pagham or Witterings, West Sussex. Although we haven’t managed to get to either this winter. Soon hopefully soon! Kathy xx #KCACOLS

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      1. Pagham Beach is in between Bognor and Selsey Peninsular. It is a lovely little stretch of public pebble beach with some sandy bits. There is a great fish and chip shop, small amusements and beach shop. And parking is cheap! Its not as touristy as Witterings. It also feels a little bit lost in time 🙂 . xx

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  4. So interesting to see your photo of where the road used to be. I have family in Petersfield and frequently travel up and down the A3 to visit them – I have driven on the ‘old’ A3 so many times and have always loved the views over the Devil’s Punch Bowl although have never yet had the chance to walk there. It’s on my list of places I want to visit though – I’m determined that at some point we’ll allow some extra time on one of the family visits to stop off and explore. Looks like you had a lovely walk and enjoyed getting some fresh air.

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