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Walk in the footsteps of previous generations along these ancient hill forts

The hill forts of Lambert's Castle and Coney's Castle are less than a mile apart so you can easily explore them both in a day. Each one has a different character, but both have a rich past.

Lambert's Castle is the site of an Iron Age hill fort constructed by the local tribe dating back some 2,500 years; the ditch and bank are prominent as you approach the western entrance. More recently a fair was held here from 1709 to 1947, and there was also a horse-racing track. In 1806 a relay station was built. It was part of a chain of signal posts from Plymouth to London to warn of a French invasion during the Napoleonic war.

Head to Coney's Castle and you'll see that compared to many other hill forts, it's unusual because its ramparts enclose two separate areas. This may have been a larger hill fort reduced in size, a smaller hill fort extended or could've been part of the original design.

50 things activities

Have you started your 50 things to do before you're 11¾ adventure yet? You can tick off several 50 things challenges at these hill forts, including:

  • fly a kite - plenty of wind on the grassy hill tops
  • find a geocache - more details on the official geocaching website
  • discover what's in a pond - try the pond at Lambert's Castle

Autumn walking on the hill forts

Looking south from Coney’s Castle you'll see the sea on a clear spring day

Looking south from Coney’s Castle you'll see the sea on a clear spring day

To fully appreciate the history, wildlife and views, the two hill forts are best explored on foot. Why not try one of these downloadable trails?