Farley Mount country park and its monument is named after a horse called "Beware Chalk Pit" The famous monument commemorates the horse which in 1733
the horse and its rider and owner Sir Paulet St. John, survived a fall into a 25ft chalk pit. A year later the horse named "Beware Chalk Pit" won the coveted Hunters' Cup on the Worthy Down, Winchester races.
The horse which died in 1740, is buried under the monument, which is built on top of a Bronze Age burial mound. Beacon hill name comes from a chain of beacons across the country to warn of possible invasion from France during the Napoleonic wars. From Beacon Hill there are lovely views across Hampshire and on a clear day you can see the New Forest, Isle of Wight and the spire of Salisbury Cathedral.