Butser Hill

Butser Hill is just off the A3, south of Petersfield in Hampshire.

It is part of  Queen Elizabeth Country Park, and comes under the jurisdiction of Hampshire County Council.

The MVSA has an agreement with Hampshire County Council which allows us to fly on the hill.

There is an all year ‘Pay on Exit’ car park at the top of the hill.

There are toilet facilities available at the round house near the car park.

The slope is available to all providing they can prove adequate third party insurance cover.

The West slope gives good flying conditions. Closest slope to the car park providing easy access. Ideal slope for novices as it tends to bring out more club members and is the most forgiving.

The South West slope is on the side of a bowl which gives turbulent conditions unless the wind is light. The slope does not lend itself to novices. Ideal for EPP combat models or DS’ing in when the wind is North East.

The North slope gives very good flying conditions.

The North East slope gives very good flying conditions with a good landing area.

The East slope is known as ‘Death Valley’ for a reason. Trees have now grown too tall to safely launch over.

The South slope can give good flying conditions, but launching over trees. Good landing area but turbulent in higher wind speeds.


Butser Hill is located in a public park which during the summer can become very busy. When such conditions exist flyers should  constantly be aware that the public has every right to be on the hill. It is in our interest to fly and act responsibly so as not to jeopardise this site.

A maximum of 13 models are allowed in the air at any one time. This is limited to 6 when Hang/para gliders are flying.

No bungees or tow lines are allowed.

Only model gliders and electrically assisted thermal soarers are allowed. IC powered and other forms of electric aircraft are forbidden.

The hill is also popular with hang-gliders/paragliders. The Sky Surfing Club manage manned flight on the hill. As many of the slopes are quite narrow great care must be taken when sharing the slope. On the West slope, models should try to keep to the north end and paragliders to the south.

FPV (first person view)

Flying with the use of a camera is not permitted on this site.


Because Butser Hill is a public site any non-member may fly there provided they can provide adequate insurance cover, can demonstrate flying proficiency and fly with the club in a safe fashion, abiding by frequency control and safety rules.

General Rules