Last Alteration: Sunday 07 April 2013

Queen Elizabeth Country Park

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50°57'43"-00°58'43" show decimal

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Queen Elizabeth Country Park
Gravel Hill, Horndean, Hampshire

The Country Park was formally opened by the Queen in 1976, and is Hampshire's biggest country park at some 1400 acres of woodland and downland. Butser Hill and the site of a Roman farm have been designated Scheduled Ancient Monument status.

The park has changed a bit since filming, with much of the forest damaged by the Autumn storm of 1987.

How to get here from IBM North Harbour Building:

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Road: Exit the IBM area onto the A27, go round the loop and head south towards the M27/Portsmouth. Follow the M27 towards Chichester and then merge onto the A3(M) towards Petersfield. Continue on until it becomes the A3, and then exit when you reach the Buriton turnoff. Turn right to re-join the A3 southbound. At the next junction (Queen Elizabeth Park), and then follow the road to the visitor centre. (16.4 miles, 24m) +

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General Directions to get to this location.

Parking Details

Visitor Area car park.

Where to walk

For Mysterious Planet, head south from the visitor centre, and then pass through the gate south and up the (steep) trail to Holt Down. The filming areas are near Holt Pond. For Revelation of the Daleks, easiest to drive up to the Juniper car park. Follow the trail north past the barbecue areas eventually leading to War Down.

 

Access: publicStatus: recognisabledot War Downdot

Photo

Photograph taken: 5th May 2008 by Chuck Foster

"This looked the most likely hill on the Down, but there are many open areas along here for picnics!"

Revelation of the Daleks (1)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 7 Jan 1985
The Doctor and the mutant roll down the hillside.

 

 

Access: publicStatus: recognisabledot "Area A"dot

Photo

Photograph taken: 5th May 2008 by Chuck Foster

The Mysterious Planet (3)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 9 Apr 1986
Drathro's robot's view through the forest.

 

Additional Notes:

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This area of the forest was also used for the TARDIS materialisation, cut from the eventual story.

 

Access: publicStatus: recognisabledot "Area D"dot

Photo

Photograph taken: 5th May 2008 by Chuck Foster

The Mysterious Planet (2)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 9 Apr 1986
Chase through the forest back to the subway.

 

 

Access: publicStatus: recognisabledot "Area G"dot

Photo

Photograph taken: 5th May 2008 by Chuck Foster

The Mysterious Planet (1)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 9 Apr 1986
Glitz and Dibber attract the natives' attention.

 

Additional Notes:

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This is arguably the most recognisable part of the forest!

Other nearby locations:

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Little Butser (The Trial of a Time Lord ("Mysterious Planet")). Road (4.8 miles, 8m) : Follow the road out of the country park to join the A3 towards Portsmouth. Exit at the next junction, and then turn left, follow the road over the A3, then turn right. Turn left onto Petersfield Road, and then right onto Hogs Lodge Lane, and then follow the lane up to the Butser Hill picnic area. Parking Picnic Area car park.

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Bolinge Hill Farm (Revelation of the Daleks). Road (3.0 miles, 6m) : Follow the road out of the park to join the A3 northbound to Petersfield. Then exit the A3 at the next junction for Buriton, and cross over the roundabout onto Greenway Lane. When you reach the village, turn left onto Petersfield Road. The farm is further along this road on the right. For the Hangers Way path to the pond, stop in the village. Parking Park on Glebe Road/Sumner Road in Buriton

Routes to more distant locations:

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IBM North Harbour Building (Revelation of the Daleks). Road (16.4 miles, 24m) : Join the A3 southbound to Portsmouth, and then follow it as it becomes the A3(M) and then merge onto the M27 east to Portsmouth Exit junction 12, and head north on Western Road (A27), the next junction is the IBM complex.

Additional locations as the crow flies:

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Charlton (Terror of the Zygons): 11.08 miles.

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Ambersham Common (Terror of the Zygons): 12.03 miles.

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Fraser Gunnery Range (The Sea Devils): 12.37 miles.

Production Notes:

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The "areas" mentioned above relate to areas of the forest around Holt Pond where filming took place.

Further links about the location:

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Queen Elizabeth Country Park

Related Stories

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The Trial of a Time Lord ("Mysterious Planet") [8-9 Apr 1986]

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Revelation of the Daleks [8 Jan 1985]

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