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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.
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
A walk through bluebells
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? A springtime walk to admire the bluebells at Coney's Castle is a real seasonal highlight and, thanks to recent warm weather, they are making an early appearance this year.
Walk amidst bluebells
Other trails to try