Top 10 things to see and do at Hambledon Hill

National Trust ranger looking back on Hambledon Hill

Our Area Ranger Cliive Whitbourn has chosen his top 10 things to see and do at Hambledon Hill. Take some time to explore this lovely spot and see if you agree with his suggestions.

Top 10 things to see and do at Hambledon Hill

Climb the hill. It's a steep but rewarding adventure.

Enjoy a breathtaking walk to towards the summit of Hambledon Hill
People walking up grassy slope on Hambledon Hill

Pack a picnic, as simple or extravagant as you'd like, and spread a blanket out to sit and enjoy the views at leisure.

Enjoy the views from the top. Look for the chalk ridge of Cranborne Chase to the east, Shaftesbury and King Alfred's Tower to the north, and the distant Purbeck Hills to the south.

Linger on Hambledon Hill and soak up the views
Lovely counrtyside views from Hambledon Hill


Experience the weather in its full glory. Hambledon is a wonderful place to experience the thrills of April showers and view the shadows travelling across the countryside of the Blackmore Vale below.

Explore the ramparts (banks and ditches) of one of the country's most prominent hillforts. Hambledon Hill is the site of an Iron Age settlement and, two thousand years on, the ramparts remain incised and dramatic.

Explore the ramparts on Hambledon Hill
Views along the ramparts on Hambledon hillfort

Fly a kite, there is plenty of space, and usually a fine breeze blowing up on the hill.

Search for the chalk downland flora of this National Nature Reserve. Miniature flowers cover the slopes, starting in the spring with Cowslips and Spring gentian, through summer Yellow rattle, Squinancywort, Fairy flax and orchids, and ending with the delicate spirals of Autumn lady's tresses.

This delicate flora can be found on chalk downland
Delicate yellow flora in the chalk downland of Hambledon

Wrap up warm, bring a torch and hunt for glow worms. Glowing after sunset from May to August and most frequent in July, these endangered beetles have a green luminescence and are one of the UK's natural wonders.


Hunt for butterflies in summer, including the Marbled white, Dark green fritillary, Adonis blue, Chalkhill blue and Green hairstreak. The blue butterflies have remarkably close relationships with the downland ants - as caterpillars they sing to the ants and live underground in anthills (these anthills are visible as small bumps on the slopes).

Green Hairstreak
Green Hairstreak Butterfly

Just pause. Find a good spot, close your eyes, breathe, and let your mind wander.