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24 questions so far


23/07/2013 10:05am

Tom Barr

Is paragliding permitted from Beacon Hill? If it is not permitted why is this, given that it is only an occasional and harmless activity? Many thanks in advance for your reply.

A Ranger replies

Beacon Hill is part of a privately owned estate. Although Hampshire County Council manages part of the site to facilitate access to the top of the hill, the Estate has rules as to what activities can take place here.

Although hang-gliding and paragliding may seem harmless the hill is grazed by sheep which can easily be worried by such activities causing them to overheat from stress and exhaustion.

Please respect the owners wishes to restrict these activities from their property.



27/06/2013 11:48am

tony collier

Can the public walk west of Beacon Hill car park towards the stud, then turn north through Beacon Pass and Lime Tree Avenue and then onto the Castle. Thanks for any info.

A Ranger replies

Beacon Hill is Open Access land under the Countryside & Right of Way Act 2000, but it is managed by more than one body. Hampshire County Council leases the land including the picnic area, access up the hill and the hillfort itself. Access can be gained to the rest of the hill (south of the hillfort) via a kissing gate. Any further access is part of the Estate and it is uncertain if there is any route through to the Castle.



10/04/2013 10:21am

Lesley Macintosh

Is there a picnic area close to a car park where there is not too much climbing involved, please?

A Ranger replies

There is a picnic area next to the car park with no climbing involved. It id not however particularly picturesque. being next to the A34.



21/06/2012 02:40pm

nicholas orpin

I am planning to organise a small sponsored walk to Beacon Hill for Hearing Dogs on 30 September. We are planning to group at the car park and then climb the hill and walk round the fort. Just wanted to check that it doesn't pose a problem for you. I have already contacted Highclere Office.

Also,I have done the walk several times, but find it impossible to judge the distance! What do you tell people? Finally, I haven't been as far as the 'Aviator Stone' to the south, how far is it?

A Ranger replies

We are happy to accommodate your request, but would like to remind you of a few things. The site is Open Access and therefore available to the public to walk. The site is also part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest, which means it is protected for it's chalk downland habitat and associated flora. Please be mindful of this and stick to the pathways already in use up and down the hill. The incline is steep and he surface of the paths is also variable , both in topography and condition and can be very slippery after periods of rain. If you are intending to take any dogs with you, please remember that there is a 'dogs on leads' policy in place due to grazing livestock on site.

In terms of distance, I have measured the route on our mapping system and to walk from the car park up the hill, around the hill fort and return back down, it would be 1.25 miles. There is public access onto the rest of Beacon Hill from the top of the hill fort, but there are no Rights of Way which lead directly to the De Havilland monument from here."



01/06/2012 07:52am

Lois Wood

I have been reading the discussion about Beacon Hill and the Jubilee Beacon lighting. I realise the actual event may be cornered off but is there anything to stop us climbing up the hill to watch all the other beacons in the area?



19/05/2012 03:20pm


Are there any details of the Jubilee beacon on Beacon Hill available? I would like to attend but want to make sure the hill isn't closed off before hand.

A Ranger replies

There is a Jubilee Beacon lighting event at Beacon Hill, but it is NOT a public event.

The event is being run by the Scout Association and Lions Club as a private event. The only Hampshire County Council Jubilee Beacon event is being held at Lepe Country Park. Details of this event and other public Jubilee Beacon events in Hampshire.



15/05/2012 05:30pm

Mannah Begum

Are you allowed to use disposable BBQs in the park?

A Ranger replies

We are sorry but it is against the bylaws to have barbecues on Beacon Hill. There are however areas for picnicking.



16/04/2012 04:04pm

John Barry Nicholson

Is there any access from the Beacon Hill Burghclere site to the Waywfares walk to the south please?

A Ranger replies

Unfortunately it is not possible to access the Wayfarers walk directly from Beacon Hill, It is however possible to get from Beacon Hill to the Wayfarers walk via Old Burghclere which is to the North East.

By following the road out of the Beacon Hill Car Park, across the flyover on the A34 you can carry straight on ahead of you on a footapth into Old Burghclere, from here you can turn south following a footpath along a dismantled railway till it comes parallel with the A34, when you are at the edge of the main road you will meet up with a permissive section of the Wayfarers where the path is directed through a tunnel under the A34. At this point you can take either direction on the Wayfarer Walk.



05/03/2012 04:02pm

Laura Lee

Have a thousand Americans asked if one can see Highclere Castle from Beacon Hill? We are driving by and are hoping to see the house, but alas, it's closed on the day we'll be nearby. What do you think? Could we stop by and see it well?  

A Ranger replies

When visiting Beacon Hill parking is in the car park off the A34, from where it is possible to walk up the track to the top of Beacon Hill, the short walk is very steep and can get muddy but on a clear day Beacon Hill has a wonderful 360 degree view of the local countryside, the Iron Aged Hill fort overlooks Highclere Castle to the North-North-West and it is also possible to see the Isle of White in the distance to the South on exceptionally clear days.

The Hill Fort also boasts another link to Highclere Castle, once the property of the Highclere Estate, within the fortifications of Beacon Hill, is the grave of the fifth Earl of Carnarvon who played a prominent part in the expedition to the Nile Valley of the Kings which led to the discovery of Tutankhamen's Tomb in 1922.



02/02/2012 05:01pm

Gerard O'Neill

Do you know if a jubilee beacon is planned for beacon hill in june? If not, we would like to organise one and who should we contact?

A Ranger replies

As managers of the hillfort at Beacon Hill, we have already had two requests for a Jubilee Beacon on 4 June this year. It is anticipated that at least one of these groups will run an event on site. As access to the site and parking is somewhat difficult, we are limited as to how big an event this can be. At this stage we would have to decline your request, but we will keep you in mind should either or both groups pull out.


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