|Butser Hill from car
|Estimated net time||30 minutes|
|Drinking water||No access to running water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (July 2012).|
|Parking||Room for many cars at pay-and-display car park by trail head.|
|Start height||238 metres|
|Vertical metres||40 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||1.5 km|
From Portsmouth drive approximately 20 km north on M3, to where it's signed for Queen Elizabeth Country Park. Follow signs for Butser Hill, and drive all the way up to the car park at 238 metres. Park here, and obey the pay-and-display regulation.
Start your walk by following the tarmac road towards north-east, towards the telecomm mast. Fork right just before the building by the telecomm mast, and continue straight ahead to the summit, which is marked by a concrete cairn.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
10. July 2012
I was spending two days in at our Portsmouth factory, and before going there I had a look at the map to see if there was anything of interest in terms of hiking. Nothing was found on the first glance, but when I had another look a few days later I stumbled across something that seemed to have a primary factor indicating that this might be a point worth visiting; Butser Hill. A more detailed study revealed that this top had a primary factor more than 100 metres, and hence qualified as an independent top, and it was also located within reasonable driving distance from Portsmouth.
While getting a lift from Heathrow to Portsmouth I starting thinking about how I could get from Portsmouth to Butser Hill after work the following day, and I concluded it would be a taxi job. But then I realised that my colleague Cathy, living just north of Derby, would be likely to drive down, so I called her and asked if she had anything planned for Tuesday night. A dodgy question indeed, but I soon got around to ask if she would be able to drive me to Queen Elizabeth Country Park the following night, and she gave a positive response.
Cathy and me met in the hotel reception after work on Tuesday and hit M3 towards
London for the 12+ miles drive to Butser Hill area. We found the QE Country Park
car park without problems, but then realised the summit would be a bit further
away than what we felt comfortable with, given the likeliness of heavy showers,
so got back into the car to try to locate the car park that was closer to the
summit. This time we messed around for 20 minutes before we finally found the
right way, and then ended up much closer to the summit than we had intended.
From here it was a short walk to the highest point, and then back down almost
immediately. We managed to stay clear of the showers, and had got some fresh
air, so definitely better than sitting in the hotel room.