This circular walk climbs to the Hod Hill fort from Stourpaine in Dorset.
The walk starts in the village of Stourpaine just to the south of the hill. From here you can pick up the Stour Valley Way and follow the waymarked trail north past the tranquil River Iwerne and on to the 143 metre (469 ft) chalk hill top. Here you'll find the site of the old Roman fortifications and fine countryside views from the hill's elevated position. The route then descends to Nutcombe Wood before picking up a riverside path along the Stour through Hod Wood. You then follow Hod Drive south east to return to Stourpaine.
It's easy to extend the walk by continuing north to visit the nearby Hambledon Hill.
Hod Hill Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Hod Hill Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Hod Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Hod Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Back in Stourpaine the White Horse is a fine choice for some post walk refreshment. 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.
The hill, woods and country trails make for a fine dog walk. The White Horse mentioned above is also very dog friendly with water and treats available.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To the south is Blandford Forum where there some good riverside trails to try.
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 Dorset Walks page.