The tiny village of Hindhead, 8 miles south of Farnham off the A287, lies in the middle of the largest area of open heath in Surrey. During the 19th century a number of prominent Victorians bought up property in the area, including Sherlock Holmes’ mastermind Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930). One of three founders of the National Trust, Sir Robert Hunter lived in nearby Haslemere, and today much of the area is administered by the foundation.
The most beautiful part of the area is to the northeast, where you’ll find a natural depression known as the Devil's Punchbowl. There are a number of excellent trails and bridleways here. To get the best view, head for Gibbet Hill (280m), which was once an execution ground.