Summer Solstice Dusk-till-Dawn Walk

Join us for an unforgettable night of celebration and connection with nature on QECP's Summer Solstice Dusk-till-Dawn Walk

20 June 2024 6pm to 21 June 2024 4:30am

Join us as we celebrate the longest day of the year with our Dusk-till-Dawn walk starting at Beacon Hill. Are you ready to take on the challenge of night hiking and experience the South Downs like never before? 

This moonlit trek will take an average of 6 hours, covering 18km of the South Downs Way. You will finish at the trig point of Butser Hill, the highest point in Hampshire, as we welcome in the sunrise on the longest day. Join in with the celebrations and toast your achievement with breakfast available to purchase from Butser Kiosk. 

How long does the walk take? 
We have allocated 6 hours maximum to this walk, so you must be back at Butser Hill by 4.30am at the latest to ensure you do not miss the sunrise celebration. 
This is based on an average person walking at the speed of 3.5km/hour. If you walk at a faster pace, please take this into consideration when booking your start time. 

What will I need to bring?
Due to this being a night-time activity all entrants must have the following as part of their kit: torch or head torch, sturdy walking boots/shoes ideally with ankle support, suitable clothing for the weather including waterproofs, mobile phone (with charge),  personal first aid kit including blister plasters, spare batteries, a warm jumper and hat, water and food (slow energy release such as bananas, cereal bars and sandwiches).

Please ensure you have warm clothing for the sunrise celebration, Butser Hill is very exposed and on a clear night temperatures can drop. It is expected that you will be standing/sitting still for up to an hour to enjoy the full sunrise celebration.

What is included in my entry fee?
Your entry fee helps us cover the cost of running the event with a donation to our chosen charity partner. 

Refreshments at checkpoints
Car parking at QECP
Signposted route
Event wristband
First aid and marshalling every step of the way
Shuttle service to Beacon Hill
Finisher's medal


- Registration will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Country Park Visitor Centre between 6-8pm on Thursday 20th June. 
- Shuttle service to Beacon Hill begins at 8.30pm.
- There is no age limit for this event however all under 18s must be accompanied by an adult at all times and capable of completing the walk.
- This event is in partnership with Churcher's College and The Sustainability Centre. Our charity partner for 2024 is Home-Start Butser.