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An ancient hill fort with views over the Otter Valley

An impressive Iron Age hill fort, Dumpdon sits on one of the largest and most striking hills in the beautiful Otter Valley.

The climb is well worth the effort, offering fantastic views of the surrounding area. Explore these impressive defensive earthworks before visiting the mysterious small beech forest behind.

Not far from the site Exmoor ponies can be seen grazing on the Rough.

Bracken control to help protect the old fort © Simon Hart

Bracken control to help protect the old fort

Protecting the archaeology

Hartwood Timberworks has carried out important bracken control at Dumpdon Hill Fort.

This is part of a ten-year plan funded by Natural England to protect the archaeology on this scheduled ancient monument.

Beating the bounds © The Carousel Project

Beating the bounds

Celtic face painting © The Carousel Project

Celtic face painting

Miniature hillfort making © The Carousel Project

Miniature hillfort making

Celtic fun with The Carousel Project

The Carousel Project is an Exeter-based social enterprise bringing creative learning, new experiences and outdoor adventure to early years children and their families.

Last summer they visited Dumpdon and had a great day exploring the ancient fort and taking part in Iron Age activities and games.

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