Climb this Iron Age hill fort and enjoy wonderful views across the Dorset countryside on this circular walk near Wimborne.
The route starts at the car park on Blandford Road and takes you around Badbury Rings on good footpaths. The countryside surrounding the fort is very attractive with woodland, fields and nice views towards Kingston Lacy. You'll also pass the ancient woodland of the Oaks which was planted in the 14th century.
The site has evidence of Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman occupation. It is named after the Iron Age hill fort with the three rings, which date from around 500 to 600 BC.
If you would like to continue your walk then you could visit the nearby Kingston Lacy. Here you will find miles of walking trails through woodland and attractive parkland and gardens.
Badbury Rings PostcodeDT11 9JL - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Badbury Rings Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Badbury Rings Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Badbury Rings OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Badbury Rings Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Badbury Rings Pubs/Cafes
Nearby Kingston Lacy has a nice on site cafe with a courtyard. The Anchor Inn in nearby Shapwick is another good option. It's a lovely pub with a good menu and some outdoor seating for fine days. You can find the pub just south east of the site at a postcode of DT11 9LB for your sat navs. The little village of Shapwick is also a nice place for another stroll with the River Stour running through it. You could actually pick up the waymarked Stour Valley Way here and follow it towards Sturminster Marshall if you're still feeling energetic.
Badbury Rings Dog Walking
The fort and the surrounding woodland are a fine place for a dog walk. You are advised to keep them on leads as there is a lot of livestock and nesting birds in the area. The Anchor Inn mentioned above is also very dog friendly and will provide dog biscuits too.