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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.

Make a trail with sticks on a summer stroll in the woodland © NTPL/John Millar

Make a trail with sticks on a summer stroll in the woodland

Autumnal 50 things

The West Dorset countryside is a great place for a 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ adventure. You can try several 50 things activities at Lewesdon including:

  • Climb a huge hill - if you've walked to the top you've ticked this one off
  • Explore in 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
  • Catch a falling leaf - an autumn favourite