Dorset jewel adds to the National Trust’s hillfort crown

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The spectacular Hambledon Hill, one of the finest Iron Age hillforts in Dorset, has been acquired by the National Trust.

Hambledon Hill in West Dorset is a site rich in human and natural history. Credit: National Trust Images/Ross Hoddinott Hambledon Hill in West Dorset is a site rich in human and natural history. Credit: National Trust Images/Ross Hoddinott

Built over 2,000 years ago, the massive earthwork defences overlie one of the most significant early Neolithic landscapes in Western Europe, dating back almost 6,000 years, and is a place that half of British butterfly species call home.

Standing at almost twice the height of the White Cliffs of Dover and taller than the Gherkin in London Hambledon Hill occupies an area of land the size of 50 football pitches. From the summit of the hillfort you can see across three counties – Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire – and get a real sense of its prehistoric strategic importance.

Jerry Broadway, a National Trust volunteer working on Hambledon Hill, said: “When I…

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One thought on “Dorset jewel adds to the National Trust’s hillfort crown

  1. It was touch and go for a while but brilliant when it finally went through. The Early Neolithic causewayed enclosure lies just south of the Iron Age hillfort. It would be a future goal for NT to acquire this too but it is likely that part of the Neolithic site underlies the hillfort’s ramparts.

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