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47 reviews so far
24/04/2013 10:16ammike hancock
the Park is fantastic but why is the ladies toilets on Butser still out of use. My Mum (81) walks there regularly and these facilities are important.
Queen Elizabeth Country Park replies
I am sorry that the Butser toilets have remained out of action for so long. The site has its own private water supply which has been condemned due to the presence of potentially harmful bacteria. As a consequence not only are we unable to drink the water but it cannot be used for washing. An easy access portaloo has been in place for the duration of the problem and the cafe kiosk opens each weekend. Unfortunately the problem is likely to persist for several months whilst our County Engineers design and install a mains water connection.
20/03/2013 08:55amT Bennett
Being a County Park you would expect the place to be dog friendly? There are signs about keeping your dog any control & to clean up after them, which most people but, WHERE ARE ALL THEBINS?
1 in the car park & 1 by the kiosk within 50mts of each other. It is a little wonder that a pile of bags has collected by a gate up at the top by the north west gate. Not good for the sheep or visitors!
Queen Elizabeth Country Park replies
I am sorry that the amount of dog waste caused concern. This is certainely an issue in parts of the site and the rangers patrol and collect on a regular basis. With such a large area of public open access there is a limit to the number of dual use litter bins that we can maintain and at present these are located at the main facility areas and car parks.
On Butser we have recently introduced Dog Control Orders to not only influence the behaviour of dog walkers, but if neccessary with repeat offenders to be able to issue fixed penalty tickets.This has resulted in a doubling of the dog waste deposited in our bins which is a positive sign. I do hope that this situation continues to improve.
19/02/2013 02:18pmStuart Millar
Three generations of Millars visited QECP for the first time yesterday and all agreed that they would like to come back soon. Ages ranged from 5 to 65 and everyone found something to do. After a long(ish) walk to the top (where we found the car park where we probably should have parked in the first place!) we found a nice grass area to practice rugby and netball and a bench where we could eat our picnic. The children enjoyed the play area and our dogs had a good run around.
All in all a great day out. A couple of minor pick up points: the directions to the car parks were not clear ie intuitively we tried to park as close to the visitor centre as possible but in fact should have been as far away as the tracks would allow. Second, although there was a pleasing lack of dog mess given the number of dogs being walked, there was a shortage of bins into which scooped poop could be put meaning either you had to carry it during an otherwise very pleasant walk or people left bags by the path for later collection either by themsleves or, hopefully,by QECP staff.
06/11/2012 10:45amAndy Coakley
Visited the park to check out the red MTB Route I had heard so much about.Wet conditions hampered my progress along with the wrong tyre choice somewhat on the lower section of the route, dealing with the many off camber roots covered in Autumn leaves..once I got warmed up though and started climbing back up the route began to flow much better. So i was told by a very friendly lady working in the information center, volunteers have been working to repair and enhance the route for us to enjoy. What a great job they have done, and I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed it..For those of you looking for a Full on Red Route with lots of sculptured man made features, the likes of which you find in Wales etc this may not be for you, but for those who enjoy a challenging root strewn singletrack with many ups and some enjoyable switchbacks this would satisfy your appetite, although a little short for some.
02/10/2012 11:28amMike Hancock
I am at the park 2 or three times a week. I think the recent improvements on the mountain bike trail are excellent well done.
02/10/2012 11:17amMike Hancock
In general this is a very pleasant stop. however It is very annoying after many years of purchasing a bacon and egg sandwich after my Friday run to find they stop serving this after 11.
21/08/2012 01:15pmMichael Langridge
BIOBLITZ: Please pass on that my wife and I were impressed by what we learnt from both Steve Peach and Matthew Parrott. The quality of presentation was informative and gave additional insights into the world of trees and birds.
20/08/2012 03:47pmJohn Lee
Whatever has happened to Butser Hill? Trying to visit again after a long break on saturday evening, and hoping to enjoy the sunset, I was met by a gate and a red sign saying that the car park closes at 8pm. Why?
I returned around sunday lunch time to find a few cars in the lower car park, but no sign of the large summer car park and happy throng I remember from previous years. A portaloo and a barely functioning kiosk completed a very sad picture.
We are sorry that your visit was spoiled by the problems with the Butser kiosk. The County runs its own private water supply on Butser Hill and this has recently been condemned. As a consequence until the situation has been resolved and the water quality passed by the District Council we can only offer a limited service as far as the toilets and kiosk are concerned.
With regard to the nightly locking of the gate on Butser Hill, the Old Summer car park was closed down about 8 years ago due to ever increasing incidents which were blighting the area and the Lower car park is open from 8.00am through to 8.00pm. For 24 access to Butser Hill the best car park to use is adjacent to the visitor centre and to walk up the South Downs Way. This car park with its CCTV, good lighting and 24 hour toilets is much more suitable.
20/08/2012 05:27ampatricia Davison
Sunday 19th August - fabulous sunshine, fabulous views, no litter, just moved to East Meon, exploring area, gorgeous, took picnic very nice benches at Butser Kiosk - stopped ate lunch, bought 2 coffees all set to buy 2 ice creaams, KIOSK CLOSED 1.30pm NO SIGNS to say when open again - just read that information on your site, which says OPEN until 4.30 at weekends. What a shame such a brilliant British experience for locals & tourists was spoilt.
Unfortunately due to a sudden loss of water at the main catering site in the visitor centre at the weekend the staff needed to be draught down from the kiosk to keep the main facility open. We realise that signage would have gone a long way and will ask our catering contractors to, should the need arise again keep customers informed of any changes. We are sorry if this spoilt your otherwise enjoyable day, thank you for your kind words about the rest of the site and hope you return soon for another visit.
14/07/2012 04:53pmChris Jackson
We had a good walk on Butser Hill and got soaked to the skin. We had intended to return home, but decided to call in at the cafe for the always delicious soup of the day to warm us up. We weren't disappointed!
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