Cheesefoot Head

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Cheesefoot Head
Site of Special Scientific Interest
The Matterley Bowl (geograph 2836792).jpg
Cheesefoot Head is located in Hampshire
Cheesefoot Head
Location within Hampshire
Area of SearchHampshire
Grid referenceSU530279
Coordinates51°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
Area12.9 ha (32 acres)
Notification1951 (1951)
Natural England website

Cheesefoot Head (/ˈɛsfʊt/) 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. More recently, the site has hosted the BoomTown Fair.


  1. ^ "SSSI Citation — Cheesefoot Head" (PDF). Natural England. Retrieved 2008-10-25.
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  3. ^ "Hampshire Cam UK - The Photographic Rambles of a Retired Photographer". Retrieved 2009-10-21.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-09-14. Retrieved 2008-10-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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