Hambledon Hill is a spectacular Iron Age hill fort located in the Blackmore Vale in Dorset. It’s about five miles north west of the ancient market town of Blandford Forum.
Set your satnav for the village of Child Okeford, a village on the hill’s western side. There is a shop and a pub (The Baker’s Arms) there if you need to refresh yourself after your walk.
When I visited it I approached from the lay-by to the north. There is a footpath covered in tree roots leading up to the foot of the ramparts, then a steep climb if you take the direct route to the summit. Otherwise you can skirt along the sides to find gentler slopes.
Archaeological evidence suggests that the site was occupied in Neolithic times. You can imagine it as a place of security and refuge above the wild and riskier places in the valleys below which would have been covered in ancient woodland at the time. With the arrival of the Bronze Age a lot of the woods would have been cleared for farming.
Archaeologist have discovered many finds at the site. They have uncovered the red deer antler picks which would have been used to create the ramparts and other earthworks.
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