Friday 14th June 2019
2 nights

Fort Widley

Fort Widley entrance
Fort Widley is the most unusual site we use. It is a Victorian fort built on the crest of Portsdown Hill overlooking Portsmouth, and provides spectacular views from the ramparts towards the Channel and the Isle of Wight.
We camp on the parade ground which is level and quite sheltered (see the picture above).
The site opens at 2pm on Friday, and closes on Sunday. The stewards for the weekend can be contacted via the Wessex mobile phone on 07939 592 200.


Fort Widley
Portsdown Hill Road, Portsmouth PO6 3LS
OS Ref: 196/662066

From the North or M27/A27 take the to Junction 5.
Take B2177 East (by the Rusty Cutter) signs Bedhampton.
At roundabout take B2177 West (signs Wickham) for 2 miles.

From Cosham take old A3 (London Road) North.
At top of hill turn left onto B2177 (signs Southwick/Wickham).

From Waterlooville take old A3 (London Road) south to Widley.
At top of hill take B2177 West (signs Southwick/Wickham).

The entrance to the Fort is on the right 1/4 mile past The Churchillian Pub. Do not approach from the West on the B2177 as entering the site from that direction requires a difficult turn.

Find it on Google Maps

What's on:


Our usual ceilidh will be held on Saturday evening, starting at 19:30 in the hall on site within the Fort itself.

This is an informal folk dance evening, interspersed with song, poetry or music. You can bring your own refreshments, although tea and coffee is provided in the interval.

Bring-and-Buy sale

Ultimate recycling! You may not want it, but somebody else may. On Sunday morning you can bring your unwanted items to sell, and look forward to finding a bargain.

In the area:

Fort Nelson Royal Armouries museum with over 350 big guns and historic cannon on display. Free entry.
Southwick Brewhouse Original brewhouse, museum and real ale sales
Portsmouth The Great Waterfront City.


Our sites


Cosham is 2 miles from the site (major shops and supermarkets).

Eating out

The Churchillian is just 5 minutes walk away, with good food and excellent views.

There is of course a wide range of restaurants and pubs further afield around Portsmouth to suit most tastes and pockets.


First Bus routes including the 8 provide a frequent service along the London Road (A3) near the site down into Cosham and on to Portsmouth.