Things to See and Do at Hambledon Hill

An overview of the highlights of Hambledon Hill, including fantastic views, a dramatic hill fort and rare plants and butterflies.

People walking up grassy slope on Hambledon Hill

Scale the hill fort

Climb the 630 feet (192 metres) to the top of Hambledon Hill and you'll be standing at nearly twice the height of the White Cliffs of Dover. You will also definitely be able to tick off activity number 28, climb a huge hill, from the list of 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾.

National Trust ranger looking back on Hambledon Hill

Take in the view from the top

From the summit of the hill fort you can see across three counties - Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire - getting a real sense of Hambledon's prehistoric strategic importance and why it's considered one of the finest Iron Age hill forts in Dorset.

 A male green hairstreak butterfly in April at Rodborough Common, Gloucestershire

Spot wildlife in the air

An impressive 28 species of butterfly including the Adonis blue, dark green fritillary and green hairstreak have been recorded on Hambledon Hill. Bird watchers can spot skylarks, buzzards, kestrels, meadow pipits, blackcaps, white-throats, chiff chaffs and willow warblers. Phew.

A close up of some pyramidal orchids in the grass on Hambledon Hill

Explore nature at your feet

This chalk grassland site is home to at least five species of orchids including the early purple, bee, pyramidal, common spotted and autumn lady's tresses. Keep an eye out for glow worms and brown hares too.

View of western ramparts on Hambledon Hill

See well preserved features

Unlike other hill forts, Hambledon Hill has escaped the advances of agriculture over the centuries. This means that the earthworks and burial features are exceptionally well preserved and clearly visible on the ground.

Hambledon Hill with a man walking on the ramparts in the middle distance

Imagine life on the hill

Hambledon Hill's human history predates Stonehenge. It is considered one of Britain's earliest prehistoric settlements. Explore the ramparts, ditches and terraces and you'll be retracing the footsteps of people who lived, feasted, fought and were buried on this extraordinary site.