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Explore Queen Elizabeth Country Park
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.3/5)

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Family fun in the great outdoors at Queen Elizabeth Family on Treasure TrailsCountry Park.

From the top of Butser Hill, the highest point on the South Downs, down to the Visitor Centre with it's shop and cafe, the park makes for a great day out.

Stargazing in the forest

StargazingEscape the city and experience stars in the night sky like never before when visiting QECP this winter. Butser hill offers an oasis of dark for astromonomers in the South East. Being the highest observing point in Hampshire, it offers a great place to view the night sky!

Walking

With over 20 miles of trails there are plenty of walking routes to choose from, whether your looking for a short stroll or a longer ramble.

Cycling

Take to the trails and explore the Queen Elizabeth Country park on two wheels.

Cafe

Relax at the café and enjoy home-made, locally sourced food, nutritious meals, snacks and cakes, coffee and tea.

Adventure play

Older children will love the adventure trail, and the younger ones with have great fun running around the animal themed tots play area.

Picnics and BBQ's

There are plenty of perfect picnic spots within the park and barbecues can be hired that cater for up to 12 people.

The Visitor Centre shop sells a wide range of local produce including the park's own organic lamb.

Exciting Events

With the Easter Egg Roll, Vintage Car Show, Butserfest, Halloween, Santa's Grotto and many more . . . you will need to keep an eye on the website or pick up a copy of 'Park Pages' on site.

Wildlife

With 38 species of butterfly and 12 species of wild orchid, the Park is a paradise for wildlife and contains the Butser Hill National Reserve. From 'dawn chorus' to 'fungal forays' there are guided walks throughout the year.

Why not try?

Paragliding, kite flying, orienteering and much more? Visit the Queen Elizabeth Country Park website for information on opening times, parking charges, and more information on activites and facilities.

What do other visitors say?

While walking my two dogs on Butser Hill (as well as other venues) they are in the most-part off leads as they are free to socially with other dogs and take in all the interesting smells. Sadly, this means that we cannot do our walk there when there are cows on the Hill. If cows or sheep are grazing there, we about turn and head for Petersfield Heath. This is a drive up Hogs Lodge Lane only to drive down again as we see the notices notifying the presence of the livestock. I am sure that other dog walkers have similar annoyance. On the occasions that the cows are on the hill, it would be much appreciated if notices could be placed at the junction of Hogs Lodge Lane with Petersfield Lane in order to avoid the drag up the Hill and down

Christopher Morris, 17/Nov/2017

Thank you for your comment. It has been passed to Hampshire County Council who have responsibility for Butser Hill. They will respond to you via the e-mail address you provided.

Forestry Commission Response

I visited butser hill on Sunday wit my wife and dog. We walked over the back where the paragliders take off. We nearly got hit by a remote controlled plane as it crashed 10ft from us. These have a wing span of 10ft. This could seriously injured or kill someone. Should these be allowed up there?

Alan, 6/Nov/2017

Thank you for your comment. It has been forwarded to Hampshire County Council, who have responsibility for Butser Hill. They will respond to you directly via the e-mail you provided.

Forestry Commission Response
2 Stars 2 Stars

Awful place to walk your dogs, cyclists everywhere, they dont stick to their designated cycle route and go along the paths for walkers, and have a go at you for not having your dog on a lead. I hope they are all insured because they are going to hit someone or their dog at some point.

Anonymous, 29/Oct/2017
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Last updated: 28th October 2017

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What's Here?

  • Dogs on lead
  • Information
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Viewpoint
  • Toliets
  • Barbeque
  • There are 11 family hearths in the forest which can be hired for set periods 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm, 3pm-5pm and 5pm-7pm at 5 per session. Each hearth caters for up to 12 people and comes with a picnic table. There are several group sites. There is a 10% discount for booking Monday to Thursday, excluding Bank Holidays. Contact the Visitor Centre on 02392 595040 to pre-book.
  • Cafe
  • The Coach House Cafe opens at 9am. Enjoy home-made, locally sourced food, nutritious meals, snacks and cakes and a competitively priced selection of Fair Trade teas, coffee and hot chocolate.
  • Cycling
  • There are two permissive bike trails, which are clearly waymarked on the ground. The Novice Mountain Bike Trail is 6 km long (3.7 miles). The Advanced Mountain Bike Trail is 5 km long (3.1 miles). Two further trails start in the Park and lead out into the surrounding countryside. These use the rights of way network and some public roads. The Queen Elizabeth Trail and The Meon Valley Trail are 16km long (10 miles). For more information on these routes and others in Hampshire, a pack of 'Off Road Cycle Trails' is available from the Visitor Centre for 2.99.
  • Horse riding
  • There is a permissive trail of 9.7 km (6 miles) within the forest.
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • The main car park is close to the Visitor Centre and Coach House Cafe. There is also car parking available along the main drive through the Park and on top of Butser Hill (accessed off the A3 at the Chalton / Cowplain exit).
  • Shop
  • The shop opens at 10am.
  • Walking
  • There are three permissive walking trails, which are clearly waymarked on the ground. The Short Woodland Trail 3 km (1.9 miles), the Long Woodland Trail 8 km (5 miles) and the Downland trail 2.7 km (1.7 miles). Several long distnace routes also pass through the Park, such as the South Downs Way. The Hangers Way and Staunton Way start at the Visitors Centre.
  • Visitor centre
  • The Visitor Centre opens at 10am.
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Location

OS Grid ref: SU718185
Postcode: PO8 0QE

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Contact

Qecp Visitor Centre

02392 595040
qecp.enquiries@hants.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
The Park is open daily. The Visitor Centre opens at 10am and the Coach House Cafe opens at 9am.
Parking
The main car park is close to the Visitor Centre and Coach House Cafe. There is also car parking available along the main drive through the Park and on top of Butser Hill (accessed off the A3 at the Chalton / Cowplain exit).

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