One of the most spectacular hill forts in Southern England, Maiden Castle is a breath-taking trip back in time. Great for walking, running, dog walking, picnicking, kite flying or just soaking up a piece of history. Best of all it’s FREE!
Why we love it…
As locals, we treasure Maiden Castle as one of the best locations for nearly every outdoor activity you can imagine. Simple and beautiful with fantastic views, a visit to Maiden Castle can be whatever you want it to be. On a clear day, an early morning walk or run will allow you to see the surrounding countryside in all its glory but a miserable, misty day can be equally as enjoyable. When the wind is howling or the fog is so thick you can barely see in front of you, the site’s 4000 year history seems to emerge from the ramparts and ruins (especially the excavations in the 1930’s that uncovered the bodies of 38 Iron Age warriors, many with horrific injuries). The sheer size of Maiden Castle and the huge effort it must have taken to build it cannot fail to impress! Oh and when it snows it turns into a giant ski park. Get there early!
Directions: 2 miles South of Dorchester, off the A354, North of bypass.
Parking: Lots of spaces with access to the hillfort directly from the free car park.
Dogs: Yes but on a lead as sheep regularly graze on different parts of the site. Dog waste bins provided on site.
Access: Straight up a hill to start so may prove challenging with uneven ground and grass paths.
Watch Out For: Information panels that guide you around the hillfort and illustrate its long history.
The most impressive view of Maiden is from the air…