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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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  • Worth visiting just for the views which are amazing. On a clear day you can see across the aisle of Wight and north across Hampshire. Plenty of places to park but only a couple of places for refreshme...  more »
  • Free parking at Portsdown Hill which provides incredible panoramic view across Portsmouth below. The Naval Base is nearby, part of it distinguished by being built to look like a battleship. 
  • Portsdown Hill offers something for everyone. It is ideal for dog-walking or just walking for pleasure. The views in all directions, on a good day, are tremendous, in particular the City, Solent and t...  more »
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  • Cracking views over all of Portsmouth and Southsea. Shame it's constantly ruined by motorbikes and boy racers revving the nuts of their machines. Micks monster burgers however are pretty darn good and not too expensive considering what you get.
  • Burgers available 24/7 and a good view. Great for a pit stop
  • 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.
  • Amazing views and u can buy the best fries in the south ( promise ), oh and great pokemon hunting
  • Lovely view of the town, lots of gulls and crows and a permanent burger van