8 Walks over Hambledon Hill & Hod Hill in Dorset

Hod and Hambledon Hills are ancient iron age forts, two of the best in the country located a stones throw away from each other in the rural Dorset countryside. Surrounded by beautiful villages, excellent local pubs and views from the top across the Blackmore Vale these two forts make for an excellent excuse to get out walking.

We’ve curated 8 walks for you to take your pick at depending on the length of the walk and whether or not you want to walk over both Hod and Hambledon or just either one of them.


Hambledon Hill fort in Dorset was recently acquired by National Trust for £450,000 and we can now be assured we can all enjoy these two Hill Forts for generations to come.

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Hod & Hambledon Walks

These walks include both Hod & Hambledon Hill Forts.

1. Dorset Pub Walks – 8 MileDorset Pub Walks - 8 Mile

This walk involves climbing up to see Hod Hill, the remains of an Iron Age and Roman hill fort, and Hambledon Hill, which contains the remains of an Iron Age fort. It offers fine views from both hills.

The walk starts and ends in Stourpaine, on the A350 to the north-west of Blandford Forum (grid reference ST 862095). 

Starts: White Horse Pub – Stoupaine near Blandford

Distance: approximately 8 miles (12.8 Km)

Diffculty: Moderate – involves a number of relatively steep climbs and descents.

Maps: You need to use two OS Explorer Map 117 and OS Explorer Map118

Pubs & Facilities: There is The White Horse pub in Stourpaine and another The Talbot  pubin Iwerne Courtney (also known as Shroton), just off the walk to the east of Hambledon Hill.

Provider: Dorset Pub Walks

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2. Dorset Life Walk – 7¾ miles

Starts: On the road outside the cricket ground at Shroton.

Dorset Life Walk - 7¾ miles

Distance: About 7¾ miles.

Difficulty: After wet weather, some of the paths and tracks can be muddy, but there are usually diversions round the worst patches. As might be expected on a route named after two of Dorset’s most prominent hills, there are two steep climbs.

Maps: OS Explorer 118 (Shaftesbury & Cranborne Chase), with a few hundred yards on OS Explorer 117 (Cerne Abbas & Bere Regis). OS Landranger 194 (Dorchester & Weymouth).

Pubs & Facilities: The Baker Arms and village shop in Child Okeford. The Cricketers at Shroton is near the start/finish and The White Horse at Stourpaine is just off the route.

Provider: Dorset Life Magazine

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Hod Hill Walks

3. Hall & Woodhouse – 3 MilesHall & Woodhouse - 3 Miles

A classic pub walk to the ancient iron age fort of Hod Hill, captured by the Romans in 43AD. The ramparts provide stunning views and the hill is a haven for wildlife and chalk downland flowers.

Starts: The White Horse, Stourpaine, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 8TA

Distance: 3 Miles

Difficulty: 70% downland – 15% road – 15% track

MapsOS Explorer 118 (Shaftesbury & Cranborne Chase)

Pubs & Facilities: The White Horse

Provider: Hall & Woodhouse

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4. North Dorset Trailway Short Hod Hill WalkNorth Dorset Trailway Short Hod Hill Walk

Starts: Stourpaine

Distance: Under 3 miles

Difficulty: Easy

MapsOS Explorer 118 (Shaftesbury & Cranborne Chase)

Pubs & Facilities: The White Horse

Provider: North Dorset Trailway

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5. Dorset Life – 4½ milesDorset Life - 4½ miles

Starts: There is a small car park opposite the church or park on the roadside in the village with care. Begin the walk from Fairfield Road (first left after the church, signposted to Child Okeford, Farringdon and the Orchards).

Distance: 4½ miles (can be lengthened or shortened!)

Difficulty: The path from Shroton is a chalk track which rises for the first mile and is likely to be slippery in wet weather.

Maps: OS Explorer 118

Pubs & Facilities: The Cricketers

Provider: Dorset Life Magazine

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Hambledon Hill Walks

6. The AA – 4.5 milesThe AA - 4.5 miles

Starts: ST 860124

Distance: 4.5 miles (7.2km)

Difficulty: Easy with 541 ft (165m) of accent, green and muddy lanes, bridleways, hillside, 6 stiles

Maps: OS Explorer 118 (Shaftesbury & Cranborne Chase)

Pubs & Facilities: The Cricketers

Provider: The AA

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7. Walks 4 Softies – 2.7 milesWalks 4 Softies - 2.7 miles

This walk climbs Hambledon Hill from Shroton. It returns to Shroton via a different route. Extend the walk to 4.5 miles or 7.3 Km by walking around the ramparts of the Iron Age fort. 

Starts: Distance: 2.7 miles (4.3 km)

Difficulty: Moderate

Maps: OS Explorer 118 (Shaftesbury & Cranborne Chase)

Pubs & Facilities: The Cricketers

Provider: Walks 4 Softies

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8.The Cricketers – 3.2 milesThe Cricketers - 3.2 miles

Starts: The Cricketers , Shroton, Dorset DT11 8QD

Distance: 3.2 miles

Difficulty: Moderate, steady hill climb at start via track, descents could be tricky when wet.

Maps: OS Explorer 118 (Shaftesbury & Cranborne Chase)

Pubs & Facilities: The Cricketers

Provider: The Cricketers

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