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31 questions so far


12/10/2016 09:26am

Shane withers

How high is beacon hill.

The Ranger Replies

Following a quick bit of research online, the answer I found is 261m.



15/09/2016 10:17am


Hi, My father passed away last week and has requested that his ashes be scattered at Royal Victoria Country Park in Netley, a place he loved visiting. We would like your permission to do this if possible?

The Ranger replies

Condolences on your loss. Unfortunately, you have contcted the team at Yateley Common and we do not manage Royal Victoria Country Park. If you would like to telephone them on 023 8045 5157 or email rvcp.enquiries@hants.gov.uk, I am sure they will be able to help you. Kind regards.



13/06/2016 02:28pm

Marie Bassett

I have recently found out that my names name is carved into the Obelisk on beacon hill and I am trying to find more information about it. Is there any way you can help? Many thanks

The Ranger replies

Hi, perhaps try Hampshire County Council's Archaeology and Historic Buildings Record - www.hants.gov.uk/landscape-and-heritage/historic-environment. There is an online search function and a contact telephone number if you get stuck. You could also try the Hampshire Records Office - www.hants.gov.uk/archives . Hope this helps.



03/06/2016 11:42am

Angela ironside

What breed of sheep are grazing on Beacon Hill. They seem to have greyish wool.

The Ranger Replies

The sheep at Beacon Hill aren't actually ours, so not sure what breed they are.  We believe they belong to the Highclere Estate. They may be able to let you know what breed the sheep are.



22/04/2016 10:07am

Janet Lewis

Will a beacon be lit for the queens 90th birthday, if so what time. I will look out from a hill in west Berkshire.

The Ranger Replies

Thank you for your enquiry but no events of this kind have been planned.



18/04/2016 04:21pm

Patricia Duckworth

Will there be a beacon lit on 21 April 2016 to celebrate HM Queen's 90th birthday?

The Ranger replies

Many thanks for your enquiry, but no event of this kind has been planned at this time.



14/03/2016 03:59pm

Emma hawkins

Are you allowed to take dogs up beacon hill?

The Ranger replies

Thanks for getting in touch. You are allowed to take dogs up Beacon Hill, but at this time of the year, they have to be kept on a lead. The first reason is to avoid disturbance to important breeding birds and the second is due to sheep grazing. If you do decide to visit Beacon Hill with your canine friend, please make sure they are on a lead between 1st March and 31st July, and/or when local signage dictates.

Many thanks.



29/07/2015 09:55am

jenny wolf

Hi. I was pleased to find this Q&A site. We are shortly on a brief visit from New Zealand and unfortunately only have early morning time to drive out of our way to get a view of Highclere Castle - would you suggest the best view is from Beacon Hill? I'm gathering that the Castle is not easily seen from the Estate main gate? Any other recommendations on local hill view aspects would be greatly appreciated.

Hello Jenny

I think that the best view you will get is certainly going to be from atop Beacon Hill.  It is a steep climb but well worth the effort, not just for the views of the Castle but for the views of the surrounding countryside.  With sky larks and meadow pippits nesting in the grass and buzzards and red kites soring over head and orchids scattered over the hill top it is well worth the climb.


The ranger team.



20/04/2015 04:02pm

graham ryder

I recently visited Beacon Hill and was surprised to find my car sinking into the very deep potholes thus scraping the bottom of my car. On closer inspection I found the asphalt showing many sc marks. I reported the problem to HCC Countryside who said it was the responsibility of the local authority, not HCC, however I have not be able to find out who is responsibility. CaN you tell me who is responsible so the holes can be filled in. Thank you.

The Ranger replies

Sorry to hear of the incident with your car at Beacon Hill. The person you spoke to at HCC is correct in stating that the 'driveway' and car park at Beacon Hill is not HCC's responsibility, but incorrect in saying it is the local authority's. The land you are enquiring about is actually part of the Highclere Estate and the upkeep of it is their responsibility. Please contact them direct on 01635 253210 or theoffice@highclerecastle.co.uk.



20/04/2015 04:03pm


Who maintains the car park and footpath at Beacon Hill? The car park has a deep rut which is hidden by a pool of water. The bottom of the footpath is very muddy and slippery.

The Ranger replies

The car park is the responsibility of Highclere Estate. They can be contacted on 01635 253210 or on theoffice@highclerecastle.co.uk. The steps are within our remit and are currently being looked at in terms of refurbuishment. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the geology of the site, conditions are often slippery underfoot and appropriate caution should be taken when climbing the steep slope.


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