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Name:Sidown Hill
Hill number:18363
Height:266m / 873ft
Parent (Ma):2906  Walbury Hill
RHB Section:42: South-East England & the Isle of Wight
County/UA:Hampshire (CoU)
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Test, Thames
Watershed:Greater Thames Estuary, Land's End to Dover, Dover to Cape Wrath, The Solent
Class:Tump (200-299m)
(Tu,2)
Grid ref:SU444573 (est)
Drop:34m
Col:232m  SU425577  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 174
(1:25k) 144W
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 25 users)ByDate of Ascent
Parked in layby near Three Legged Cross and walked east along track to permissive track through Highclere Castle estate to summit area. Lovely Bluebells. The OS SH location appears lower and teh natural HP appears to be at the SW corner of the enclosed covered reservoir, although the reservoir top itself is the unnatural HP. The views of Highclere, through the nearby but lower 18th C brick gateway (Heaven's Gate) are impressive. A sign says the track is only open Easter to August but there is no gate or fence.Denise 27/04/2019
E along track from Three Legged Cross past Beech wood with superb Bluebells. Summer Walk to the impressive Heaven's Gate crosses summit area. Ground at SW corner of reservoir enclosure (SU 44427, 57495) is higher than the OS spot height.RichardM27/04/2019
Kingsclere (bus from Basingstoke) - Cottington's Hill - Watership Down - Ladle Hill - Beacon Hill - Sidown Hill - Caveley Hill - Kingsclere.Mark Jackson20/10/2018
Walked from Highclere Castle to Sidown Hill, Beacon Hill and Windbolts Hill. About 2 hours.clivevilla08/08/2018
From keeps cottage.rhalstead21/05/2017
From grotto. Highest point seemed nearer to Heaven's Gate to me. Had intended walking to Beacon Hill, which looked impressive through the trees but running out of daylight and the walk far from peaceful, decided to drive round.Wycombe Wanderer27/12/2016
From west, same route as Jon.PeterD13/11/2016
Just time during last hour of daylight until 6.30 pm. From west long mile each way all on tracks to brick folly (heaven's gate)with top set back a bit in wood.Radio reporting commuter traffic gridlock with M4 closed due to overturned lorry. Good plan to now go 'dark hill bagging' to delay return drive towards London as late as possible.Chris Pearson12/10/2016
Little safe parking room at Three Leg Cross, although it may be possible to do so a short way up the estate track. Muddy walk despite dry week. Estate have opened final part of path to top but only from Easter to August Bank Holidaytrimarc208/07/2016
Walked along the Wayfarer's Way from the A343DanMaisieBex18/10/2015
Three Legged Cross to Kingsclere. SW cnr of reservoir gets my vote.Smudge19/06/2015
From Grotto Lodge on RoW then permissive path. Unsure where precise HP lies. I had it at SW corner of reservoir compound, near the entrance, but that's approx 150m NNW of the OS spot height, which I walked over also before visiting the arch folly, which is definitely at a lower elevation, but gives excllent views over the Highclere Castle.jonglew05/04/2015
Made a small detour from an Amesbury Walkers Series Walk, parked in Ashmansworth village, but there is some parking at 3 Legged Cross. Followed the permissible path (Easter Bank Holiday to August Bank Holiday, Heaven's Gate Walk http://www.highclerecastle.co.uk/about-us/walks-within--near-the-estate.html) to the summit and then the gate.Jacqdaw28/07/2013
Well worth the detour to Heaven's Gate, impressive brick folly with great views, including Highclere Castle (aka Downtown Abbey)Hillsidenick28/07/2013
(1) Grass in woodland side of ornametal arch probably HP; (2) Mound SU 44450 57524 264m3m in fenced resr compound appears similar elev but manmade. From SU443570, drove byway from W, then permissive accessRHW08/04/2012
Matt07/07/2018
andrew brown15/03/2018
DC11main18/09/2017
ngthack17/08/2017
Swindon Bagger21/05/2017
kaizerlard23/10/2015
williamglew05/04/2015
stevent080922/09/2013
ajwxyzt08/04/2012
Adrian30/01/2011