Danebury Hill Fort
Climb to Danebury Hill Fort and Danebury Down on this short walk in Hampshire. After archeological excavations it is believed the Iron Age Fort dates back to between 500BC-100BC.
You can start your walk from the car park on Old Stockbridge Road about 1 mile east of the hill. From here you can pick up the footpath taking you up to the hill fort. The high point stands at 143 m (469 ft) providing wonderful views over the beautiful Test Valley. It's a great spot for a picnic in the summer when you'll see lots of people enjoying the views and walking their dogs.
The hill is great for wildlife. Look out for wild ponies and the Chalkhill Blue Butterfly. The fort also has a number of information boards where you can read all about the fascinating history of the area.
The fort is located near to Stockbridge and the village of Longstock. An alternative route would be to start your walk in Longstock and follow footpaths west to the hill. The Test Way also runs through Stockbridge and Longstock. You could extend your walk by picking up the riverside trail. Heading north east will take you to Chilbolton, Wherwell and Harewood Forest. Head south and you will come to King's Somborne and Horsebridge.
Cyclists can reach the fort by following National Cycle Network Route 246 from Andover to the Stockbridge area.
PostcodeSO20 6HZ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Danebury Hill Fort Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Danebury Hill Fort Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Danebury Hill Fort OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Danebury Hill Fort Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head into nearby Stockbridge and you can enjoy a bite to eat at the excellent Greyhound on the Test. The pub does good food and has a delightful garden area in the back. With views over the tranquil river it's the perfect spot to relax in if the weather is fine. You can find it on the High Street at a postcode of SO20 6EY.
The hill is very popular with dog walkers so you're likely to bump into a few other owners on your outing. The site includes some on lead and some off lead areas with signs to guide you. The Greyhound pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.