Local legend has it that a fight between the Devil and Thor made it. My mate thought it was more likely to be a satellite crater. A less interesting explanation is soil erosion.
Either way, The Devil’s Punch Bowl near Thursley in Surrey, is a huge great hole in the ground covered in gorse and fern and lined by trees. You can walk around it or through it.
It sits around halfway through a 10-mile-or-so walk from Milford to Haslemere, which can be found in the first volume of Time Out London book of Country Walks or online here.
The walk takes you through woods, across gorseland, sunken pathways, by a lake and through Thursley for a pint onto Haslemere for more pints and then the 50-minute train ride back into London Waterloo. It doesn’t feel as close to the capital as it is. And there’s the magic of it.