Being National Trust members means we are often ticking off places from the book, and finding new places to visit. Devils Punch Bowl had been recommended to us by our friends who love it there.

With lots of routes to explore, from woody paths, to high up paths, there is something for everyone.

When we arrived it was a beautiful Saturday afternoon, the sun was shining properly for the first time this year, and it was so nice to be able to go for a walk without togging everyone up with woolly items! We even took our coats off at one point! So of course it was quite busy with parking, one in one out.

Then we were greeted with this view……

I wanted to get exploring along that top path, however the kids wanted to take the path down into the forest and the bottom of Devils Punch Bowl.

If it has been raining it will be muddy, so do wear suitable shoes. I had my walking boots on which I needed as it is quite uneven ground too.

This would be beautiful all year around too as the heather starts flowering, and the trees start to leaf up. I think we will be having more than one visit here! 

As we went along the paths we had no idea where we were going, but we found a perfect spot to have a little picnic.

With the sun shining on us, it made me realise how much I have missed the sun and warmth and I cannot wait till the summer arrives!

The kids were so happy running around, playing hide and seek in the heathland,. They found places to climb on, and places to rest!

As I wanted to take that path along to the top to see the views, we took a path that took us upwards…..didn’t know where we were going but hopefully up to the right bit!

We made it! This path was much more muddy! However it was worth it for the views, you can really see the ‘Devils Punch Bowl’ up here.

It is well worth a visit. As you can see from the map below, there are different paths to take all over, so we can explore different ways each time.

Devils Punch Bowl is a great national trust walk for families. With great views and lots of different routes

Country Kids



  1. National Trust places are great. Are there a number of places with the same name? I don’t recall the one hubby and I went to being a NT property.#CountryKids

    • I’m not sure, we have only visited ones around the South where we are. There are so many!

  2. I love finding out about new NT places and this looks amazing! What stunning views and such a great place for exploring #CountryKids

    • It’s a funny name isn’t it! There you go, you now know what it looks like!

  3. Looks absolutely idyllic, even at this barren time of year. This is the sort of place we love to explore with our kids. Thanks for educating me!! #CountryKids

    • There are so many hidden places around isn’t there. We are on a mission this year to seek them out!

  4. I have never visited but I have seen posts from here before on Country Kids, it does look amazing and huge. The car park may have been busy with everyone looking to park, but up on the slopes it looks as though you have the place to yourself. Such a treat to be out on the first truly warm day of the year. It was the same here in Cornwall, like you I can’t wait for summer now.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    • It teased us with the weather, it has been cold and wet since! It was really peaceful walking around, it is so big that people just spread out everywhere.

  5. Oh what stunning photos. We have national trust memberships and I want to tick off as many place see as possible.

    • There are so many places to explore, look out for the car parks too as there are some great walks from that point

  6. This is such an amazing huge, safe place for children and pets to explore. It’s very beautiful too #countrykidsfun

    • Well worth a trip, I am going back in the warmer weather for a proper picnic and explore.

    • You live near me, so you will find some lovely places to go. Try Mottisfont first, they do a great Easter trail.

    • It is so easy to go to places you know with them isn’t it, in the week I just go to our normal places though!

  7. Kerry Norris Reply

    I haven’t heard of this place. It looks fab. I am desperate to get a national trust membership x

    • We pay by direct debit so works out a great price each month, then gives us ‘free’ days out.

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