SU8937 : Greensand Way crossing Hindhead Common

taken 9 years ago, near to Hindhead, Surrey, Great Britain

Greensand Way crossing Hindhead Common
Greensand Way crossing Hindhead Common
The Greensand Way
The Greensand Way is long distance walk of 108 miles (174 km) in Southeast England, from Haslemere in Surrey to Hamstreet in Kent. It follows the Greensand Ridge along the Surrey Hills and Chart Hills. The route is mostly rural, passing through woods, and alongside fruit orchards and hop farms in Kent and links with the Stour Valley Walk near Pluckley in Kent.
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Hindhead Common :: SU8935
Hindhead Common, covering 647.5 ha (1,600 acres), an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The area is owned and managed by the National Trust. The common includes The Devil's Punchbowl.
Gibbet Hill SU8935 : Celtic Cross, Gibbet Hill, a sandstone hill (Greensand) with views across the Weald, marks the site where three highwaymen were hanged after murdering a sailor on Hindhead Common - the Sailor's Stone SU8935 : The Sailor's Stone, Hindhead Common commemorates the event.
Grazing on the heathland by commoners ended around the mid-1900s, which allowed the re-colonisation of birch, pine and bracken. The heath is dominated by heather, with bracken and Gorse. Older woods of oak, holly, ash and beech occur in some places. Woodpeckers can be seen in the woods, with a variety of birds on the heath. The common also supports a rich insect fauna, home to rare craneflies.
Sir Robert Hunter, co-founder of the National Trust, lived in Haslemere. Hindhead Common was one of the Trusts first properties.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 13 March, 2010   (more nearby)
Saturday, 10 September, 2011
Geographical Context
Woodland, Forest  Heath, Scrub 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 8959 3745 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:7.7599N 0:43.2640W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 89596 37412
View Direction
NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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