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Beacon Hill near Burghclere

Hampshire Walk

County/Area - Hampshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 1.5 miles / 2.4 km    Ascent - 400 feet / 121 metres

Time - 1 hours 10 minutes    Grade - easy

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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Beacon Hill near Burghclere
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This short walk climbs Beacon Hill which is near the village of Burghclere and close to Watership Down, in north Hampshire. The hill was one of many Beacon Hills in England and beyond. Beacon Hill also has one of England's well-known hill forts on its slopes, which was constructed around 1000 BC. From the top of the hill there are some fine views which extend to much of Hampshire.

Access to the start is from the A34 following the brown signs for Beacon Hill. At the foot of the hill is a car park (grid ref. SU462577). To start the walk, exit the rear of the parking area and turn right through a gate. The path climbs, steeply in places, to reach the iron age embankments that form a circle on top of the hill. Of interest is the view to the north which includes Highclere Castle, where filming for the TV series Downtown was completed. After enjoying the view retrace your steps back to the start.

Note - If you want to spend more time on the hill and perhaps enjoy the view from a different perspective, then you can walk along the south ridge for about 500 metres before returning to the hill fort.

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