GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Hambledon Hill

2 miles (4 km)

Climb Hambledon Hill and enjoy far reaching views over the Cranborne Chase AONB on this walk near Child Okeford in Dorset. On the hill you will find one of the country's best preserved Iron Age hill forts. The area is also a National Nature Reserve so there is an abundance of interesting flora and fauna to look out for. Plants include pyramidal orchidandwild thyme while butterfly species includedingy skipper,grizzled skipper,chalkhill blue andadonis blue. From the 192m (630ft) summit there are fabulous views over rhe Blackmore Vale, the river Stour, Wiltshire and Somerset.
This circular walk starts from the village of Child Okeford and follows country lanes and the Stour Valley Way to the hill summit. You then descend back to the village via Fernhayes Copse.
The Stour Valley Way and the Wessex Ridgeway both cross the hill so you could pick up either of the long distance trails to extend your walk.
One option would be to continue south east to Hod Hill for more great views and another historic hill fort.

Hambledon Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Hambledon Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Head to The Baker Arms in Child Okeford for some post walk refreshments. It's a quintessential Dorset pub located right in the village. The pub dates back to circa 1770 and is perfectly situated at the foot of Hambledon hill. There's a cosy log burner indoors for the winter and a nice beer garden for warm summer days. There's a very good menu and an associated cottage if you need overnight accommodation. You can find the pub at The Cross with a postcode of DT118ED for your sat navs.
To the south is the pretty village of Stourpaine and the White Horse. The classic village pub dates from the early 18th Century and includes a bar, restaurant, shop, post office, games room, wood burning stoves & an open fire. Outside there's a covered outdoor decking area at the rear and a seating area out the front. They serve good quality food and can be found at postcode DT11 8TA.

Dog Walking

The hills and woods are ideal for a dog walk and the White Horse mentioned above is also very dog friendly with water and treats available.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To the west there's the picturesque old town of Sturminster Newton to explore. There's nice riverside trails along the Stour Valley Walk and the historic Sturminster Mill to visit here.
To the south west there's another climb to Okeford Hill to try. There's more great views here and some popular mountain bike trails for cyclists as well. The epic Wessex Ridgeway can be picked up on the hill too.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cranborne Chase Walks and the Dorset Walks pages.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Hambledon Hill - geograph.org.uk - 370095

Hambledon Hill

Child Okeford from Hambledon Hill - geograph.org.uk - 370106

View of Child Okeford from Hambledon Hill

Hambledon Hill - geograph.org.uk - 169867

Although not the largest, Hambledon Hill is often regarded as the most dramatic of the iron age hill forts in Dorset. This photograph captures only a fragment of the extensive earth fortifications.

Hambledon Hill - geograph.org.uk - 169873

The multiple earth ditches and walls that surround this iron age hill fort can be seen by the different shades of green on the slopes.

Signpost near Hambledon Hill - geograph.org.uk - 645001

Signpost on the road between Shroton and Farrington with Hambledon Hill in the back ground

Slipped earthworks, Hambledon Hill - geograph.org.uk - 646117

Slipped earthworks on the hill. The northern spur of Hambledon Hill was an iron-age hillfort, surrounded by a double rampart. Here in the foreground, in the concavity on the western side of the hill, a section of the ramparts were carried down the slope by a land-slip.

Iron-age earthworks, Hambledon Hill - geograph.org.uk - 646199

Iron-age earthworks on the hill. Looking along a ditch on the south-eastern side of the hill fort on Hambledon Hill. The village in the distance, down in the Stour valley, is Shillingstone.

Hambledon Hill, Dorset - geograph.org.uk - 1624407

Lovely view over Blackmoor Vale

Elevation Profile

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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