Cheesefoot Head

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Cheesefoot Head
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Cheesefoot Head is located in Hampshire
Cheesefoot Head
Shown within Hampshire
Area of Search Hampshire
Grid reference SU530279
Coordinates 51°02′52″N 1°14′35″W / 51.047911°N 1.243118°W / 51.047911; -1.243118Coordinates: 51°02′52″N 1°14′35″W / 51.047911°N 1.243118°W / 51.047911; -1.243118
Interest Biological
Area 12.9 ha (32 acres)
Notification 1951 (1951)
Natural England website

Cheesefoot Head is a large natural amphitheatre (also known as Matterley Bowl) and beauty spot just outside Winchester, England. It is situated on the A272 road (South Downs Way), and is rated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.[1] There are three bowl barrows on the site.[2]

During the Second World War boxing events were held here for the entertainment of American troops stationed locally, and prior to D-Day, General Eisenhower addressed those troops.[3]

Cheesefoot Head is regularly the site of crop circles, though at least one year there was an outline of a footballer. [4]

The now defunct Homelands music festival was held in Matterley Bowl annually. In addition, The Glade music festival was held here in 2009.


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