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Iron Age hill fort and downland with views across the Marshwood Vale to the coast

A great place for walking, flying kites or simply taking in the extensive views of the surrounding countryside and the English Channel in the distance.

The hill fort itself is about 2,500 years old, but originally there were two Bronze Age burial mounds on the summit. It's also an old smuggling spot - in the 18th century, Isaac Gulliver took advantage of the hill's commanding position and created a small plantation of trees to act as a landmark for his ships and help guide them to the coast.

Note: We own the sourthern half of the fort; the northern half is privately owned.

Walking the hill fort

View of the unspoilt Dorset landscape from Eggardon hill fort, West Dorset

View of the unspoilt Dorset landscape from Eggardon hill fort, West Dorset

The hill fort is definitely best explored on foot. The fantastic views and diverse wildlife of Eggardon can only be appreciated on a rewarding walk, and what better way to spend a beautiful autumn day?

50 things

West Dorset is a great place to have a 50 things adventure. Eggardon is a particularly good spot for ticking off number seven on the ultimate 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ list - Fly a kite.

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