An ancient iron hill fort well worth a visit in spring, summer or autumn.
Hod Hill: the rest is history
Sunday, 20 July, 2014
There are very few places you can go anywhere in the United Kingdom, let alone Dorset, where you can see countryside that has been pretty much unchanged for hundreds of years. The second world war 'Dig for Victory' campaign and subsequent post-war push towards self-sufficiency and intensive farming saw much of our wild landscape go under the plough.
In Dorset, however, there are a number of ancient hill forts that date back to the iron age (between 1000 and 800 BC) and because they are of significant historical interest they have been preserved and co-incidentally, so too has the natural history. Protection of these sites as part of our historial heritage has led to protection of the chalk grassland habitat and related flora and fauna. One of the largest of these hill forts is Hod Hill (some sources say it is the largest?) 3 miles or so north west of Blandford Forum.
The steep climb from the car park on the Child Okeford road leads to the ancient earth works and a walk around the walls provides not only a spectacular array of flowers and masses of butterflies but superb views across the surround areas of the beautiful, gentle Dorset countryside.
Hod Hill in summer is, frankly, a must for anyone who loves nature and loves Dorset.
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