GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Abbotsbury Castle

2 miles (4 km)

This walk from the pretty Dorset village of Abbotsbury visits the Iron Age Hillfort of Abbotsbury Castle. The route makes use of two long distance trails to take you to the site, where there are fine coastal views to enjoy. It's only about a two mile walk from the village but there is a fair climb to the hill's peak which stands at a height of almost 700ft.
The walk starts in the centre of the village and immediately picks up the Macmillan Way which starts in Abbotsbury. You follow the waymarked trail north fo about half a mile until you link with the South Dorset Ridgeway. Follow the path west for about 1.5 miles and you will come to the hill fort. The castle's position high above the Channel made it a first-line defence against invasion. The fort was occupied by theCelticDurotrigestribe, but when theRomansinvadedin AD43, the second Augustian legion ofVespasiantook the fort quickly with little struggle before moving on to Maiden Castle.
You can return the same way or continue west along the path and then head south to the coast. In this way you can turn it into a long circular walk.
The area is great for walkers with lots of options for extending your walk. You could head to the delightful Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens or head to the wonderful Chesil Beach.

Abbotsbury Castle OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Abbotsbury Castle Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Open Street Map with Location tracking

Photos

Coast road seen from Abbotsbury Hill Fort - geograph.org.uk - 539459

Abbotsbury Castle interior

Abbotsbury Castle trig point - geograph.org.uk - 539456

Abbotsbury Castle Trig Point - geograph.org.uk - 50819

GPS Files

GPX File

Abbotsbury Castle.gpx (right click - 'Save As')

Memory Map Route

Abbotsbury Castle.mmo (right click - 'Save As')

Map