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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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  • Historic Fort - well worth a visit, great view over Portsmouth and surrounding area! Situated on Portsdown Hill with easy access from the M27. Very interesting and worth a visit if your in the area.  more »
  • On a fine day the views span across Portsmouth. Usually a good dog walking area but last week the whole area was littered with horse droppings which made it hazardous.  more »
  • Visited Fort Nelson on a very cold, very windy wet Saturday afternoon. Found it to be very interesting and all enjoyed it, grandparents to grandchildren until we wanted a warming drink. Arrived in caf...  more »
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  • Absolutely loved the meat in my mouth and my buns, as I like to do with other boys at home. Had a great time, but should have invited my other friends Travis and Reece. I am very sorry and love you both very much.
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