Dorset's hillforts, a visitor's guide

Walking along Hambledon Hill on a summer's evening is glorious

Rich in archaeology, hillforts allow us to step back in time and re-imagine the lives and livelihoods of our ancestors. Dorset’s hillforts give visitors extraordinary opportunities to experience nature throughout the seasons.

A new guide, produced by the National Trust and available to download below, introduces you to the Iron Age hillforts of Dorset. Many were built more
than 2,000 years ago and all are significant landmarks. It is easy to understand why our ancestors chose these places in which to live and to defend themselves.

Often standing in prominent isolation in the landscape, you can get a sense of their positional power whilst enjoying panoramic views across the countryside.

Take the view from the top, tune into nature all around you, and look for the footprints of the Iron Age round houses at your feet while you walk.

We hope it inspires you to visit, explore and enjoy them. 

This guide has been produced as part of the National Trust's Wessex Hillforts and Habitats project, which aims to restore a healthy, beautiful and natural environment to these scheduled ancient monuments.

To find out more, contact Marie McLeish, project manager:

Dorsets hillforts, a visitors guide (PDF / 2.6533203125MB) download