The Devil’s Punch Bowl


Described by the National Trust as an iconic view, the Devil’s Punch Bowl is a natural landmark which is steeped in history.

Local legends talk of this bowl-shaped valley being created by the Devil slamming his fist into the earth, making the characteristic crater shape, whilst others believe that the Devil was tormenting the God Thor by throwing fistfuls of earth at the ground.

A more reasonable explanation is that small streams have gradually eroded the underlying soft rock, creating the largest spring-formed feature in Britain.

Whatever the folklore, the Devil’s Punch Bowl is a remarkable and beautiful area covered by heather, woodland and local wildlife, making it a spectacular view and day out.


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