Hambledon Hill Walk

Hambledon Hill rises steeply to 190 metres above the Blackmore Vale and the river Stour below. It is located close to the village of Child Okeford, 6 miles north-west of Blandford Forum. Hambledon Hill is one of the best preserved and most notable Iron Age hill forts in Great Britain.

Distance: 2.7 miles (Circular walk)
Difficulty: moderate
Estimated time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Total ascent: 437ft, Max elevation 619ft
Walk date: June 2020

Hambledon Hill Walk
Hambledon Hill Walk (2.7 miles circular)
Base map © OpenStreetMap created in Outdooractive App
Map of Hambledon Hill Walk (zoomed in)
Hambledon Hill Walk map (zoomed in)
Base map © OpenStreetMap created in Outdooractive App

Route Map and GPS Navigation


Route Description and Photos

The land is owned and managed by the National Trust although there is no official car park nearby (see walk parking suggestions below). Information about Hambledon Hill including a map of the walk is shown on the National Trust webpage https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trails/walking-around-the-ramparts-at-hambledon-hil-

The starting point for the walk is a lay-by in Duck Street just to the east of Child Okeford (on the road connecting Child Okeford to the A350) (Google map) (w3w). The lay-by can only accommodate around 3 cars. Alternative parking can be found on the other side of Child Okeford village beside Shaftesbury Road (Google map) (w3w) or in the village itself although the village can get a bit congested at weekends and in the summer.

Hambledon Hill Map showing the route of the walk
You can go straight over the stile and across the fields for a shorter more direct route. However this field was full of bulls at the time so we followed the path to the left as shown in the map below.
St. Nicholas’ Church in Child Okeford (Google maps)
St Nicholas’ Church

Walks nearby: Hod Hill