Maiden Castle Walk

Maiden Castle is the largest Iron Age hill fort in Britain and lies just outside Dorchester. It is owned by English Heritage but entrance is free, so is the car park. This short Maiden Castle Walk is an easy stroll around the banks and ditches of the hill fort offering beautiful views of rolling south Dorchester countryside.

Distance: 1.9 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated time: 1 hour
Date of walk: 31 August 2022

Maiden Castle Walk map
Maiden Castle Walk Dorchester
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Maiden Castle Map (zoomed in to show route of circular 1.9 mile walk)
Maiden Castle Walk Dorchester
Base map © OpenStreetMap created in Outdooractive App

Route Map and GPS Navigation

Route Description and Photos

This short walk starts at the English Heritage car park next to the hill fort (free parking). There are no facilities at the car park or on site. Postcode DT2 9PP Google map

I would suggest walking up the well-marked path to the right of the car park and entering Maiden Castle by the main Western Entrance which is the original Iron Age entrance. After that you are pretty much free to explore this ancient hill fort and enjoy the views.

The grassy site is home to many sheep so, dog-walkers, please keep your dog on a lead and under control particularly during the lambing season.

Information board about Maiden Castle by English Heritage with path towards the hill fort leading up in the background
Start of the walk is the English Heritage car park. You can see the path up to Maiden Castle
View from the car park towards the path to the western entrance
Walk from car park up to the western entrance
Welcome to Maiden Castle information board provided by English Heritage at the start of the path from the car park
English Heritage Information Board
walking up to Maiden Castle
Looking back at Maiden Castle car park which is free
Looking back at the car park
Approaching the main entrance to the Hill Top Fort
Western entrance information board by English Heritage
Information Board provided by English Heritage
Walking along the northern banks of the Iron Age hill fort
Views of the castle's banks and ditches showing an alternative path from the car park
This is an alternative path that leads up from the car park
views north towards Poundbury and west Dorchester
Views north towards Poundbury
English Heritage information about the eastern entrance
Information Board provided by English Heritage
information about Maiden Castle war cemetery by English Heritage
Views looking south west
Views south west