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Portsdown Hill, Portsmouth

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Portsdown Hill is a long chalk ridge in Hampshire, England. The highest point of the hill lies within Fort Southwick at 131m above sea level. The ridge offers good views to the south over Portsmouth, the Solent, Hayling Island and Gosport, with the Isle of Wight beyond. The hill is on the mainland, just to the north of Ports Creek, which separates the mainland from Portsea Island, on which lies the main part of the city of Portsmouth, one of the United Kingdom's main naval bases. To the north lies the Forest of Bere, with the South Downs visible in the distance. Butser Hill can be seen on a clear day. The hill is formed from an inlier of chalk which has been brought to the surface by an east-west upfold of the local strata known as the Portsdown Anticline.Southwick House is close by the north side of the hill, the HQ for U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower during the D-Day invasions; the generals prayed together before D-Day at Christ Church Portsdown, on the hill, which has a memorial window. The A3(M) motorway cuts through the east side of the hill while the original A3 climbs over the centre by the "George" pub and Christ Church. The nearest railway stations (from west to east) are Portchester, Cosham and Bedhampton. There are many stories about real and imagined tunnels in the hill. The area contains active military research establishments, including one of the core sites of Dstl (known as Dstl Portsdown West) and sites run by Qinetiq. Part of the hill has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Most of the southern flank of the ridge is designated as access land under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 and thereby freely available for the public to enjoy on foot.
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  • A beautiful place to visit and such great views across the Solent and of Portsmouth,Hayling Island & beyond. On a clear day you can see for miles the view is breathtaking Great for dog walking and ple...  read more »
  • Nice for a good view of Portsmouth/Portchester. Good for picnics and dog walking. Always here with the dogs or kids. 
  • Very interesting and totally child friendly helpful people around to answer questions. Particularly enjoyed it as my father was in the artillery in WWII 
  • Amazing views of portsmouth and it's free, Lively atmosphere during the day and even at night, with a burger stand that sells the best burgers you can eat and a good selection of hot and cold beverages on offer, Only downside is there are no was facilities or toilets.
  • Lovely spot, any time of year, light or dark, hot or cold, simply beautiful! Coffee and Baps from Mick's!!
  • Great view, burger van is slightly pricey, £10 minimum for card transactions.
  • Gives an amazing view over Portsmouth no matter what the time of day
  • Cracking view and dogging opportunities are exquisite
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