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The highest point in Dorset with views between the trees over Devon, Somerset and out to sea

Standing at 915 feet (279 metres) Lewesdon Hill, along with nearby Pilsdon Pen, dominates the surrounding landscape. It's certainly an alluring hill fort, although being enclosed by woodland the views aren't uninterrupted, but the glimpses of the surrounding landscape you do get through the trees are worth the climb to the top.

You can also see parts of the original Iron Age bank and ditches, and in more recent times it was the site for one of the Armada Beacons in 1588, used to warn of an impending attack by Spain.

Visit in spring to see a carpert of bluebells and then return in autumn to see fascinating fungus on the big, old beech and oak trees.

Who's living in the tree? © Emma Louise Oram

Who's living in the tree?

50 things to do on your visit

You can try several 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ activities at Lewesdon including:

  • Climb a huge hill - if you've walked to the top you've ticked this one off
  • Explore inside a tree - lots of ancient beech trees with nooks and crannies
  • Make a trail with sticks - turn a family walk into a fun game in the woodland
  • Build a den - shelter from the cold in your cosy den