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Hanford Lane: OS ST853112, Stourpaine village: OS ST860095
Dogs welcome on leads
Access from Hanford Lane involves one steep climb, access from Stourpaine village is a gentler slope but longer. Site itself is level but uneven with little mud. Dogs on leads welcome.
Access from Hanford Lane involves one steep climb, access from Stourpaine village is a gentler slope but longer. Site itself is level but uneven.
From Blandford Forum take the A350 and beyond Stourpaine village turn left to Child Okeford. From Shaftesbury take the A350 and beyond Stepleton House turn right to Child Okeford.
Parking: Follow the directions above. After turning off the A350 the small car park for Hod Hill can be found on the left after half a mile (ST853112). Park here to walk to the hill.
Sat Nav: The postcode DT11 8TA is for Stourpaine. Please note there is no allocated parking in Stourpaine.
Sevice 83, 30 and 314, Blandford to Shaftesbury, alight Stourpaine; service 7, X8, 309, 310, 317, 323, 330, 368, Blandford to Sturminster Newton, alight Durweston
Hod Hill is adjacent to the North Dorset Trailway (NCN NR25) and can be accessed from Stourpaine
Dorset's largest hillfort, with earthworks from both the Roman and Iron Age, renowned for its downland wildlife. The earthworks from both periods are still visible today.
This short walk skirts the ramparts of the Iron Age fort at Hod Hill. Perched high above a meander on the River Stour, if offers sweeping views over the Dorset countryside.
Explore the earthworks from both the Roman and Iron Age periods and imagine what it would've looked like thousands of years ago.
Take a closer look at the five entrances through the ramparts, two of which are Iron Age, two Roman and one medieval. And once inside the hill fort you'll see remains of buildings and property boundaries in the form of circular hollows and ridges.
Hod Hill is also home to a variety of plants and animals. The thin chalk soils on the steep ramparts are ideal for fine grasses, sedges and flowers and these attract a wealth of butterflies.
Find out how a generous £800k award made to the National Trust by Postcode Earth Trust has benefited Hod Hill, as well as other hillforts around Dorset and Wiltshire.