This week it was announced that the National Trust have bought Hambledon Hill near Shaftesbury to safeguard thousands of years of history.

Hambledon is an Iron Age hill fort which stands next to Child Okeford in the Blackmore Vale. The massive earthwork defences were built over 2000 years ago on one of the most significant Neolithic landscapes in Europe which have existed for more than 6000 years.

The hill stands at more than twice the height of the White Cliffs of Dover and has avoided agricultural changes over the years, which has allowed the archaeological features to be preserved. Combined with this incredible history is a National Nature Reserve which is home to 28 species of butterfly.

A stay at Updown wouldn’t be complete without a climb to the top to survey the 3 counties of Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire. Our next available breaks are:
Mon, 8th – Fri, 11th September
and
Mon, 15th – Fri, 19th September
both at £595 for the whole house which suits an individual guest as well as 6 adults and a baby.

We’d love to hear from you to give you ideas about other wonderful places to visit in the area.
[email protected] or 07710 307202

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Looking south from Updown’s garden towards Hambledon but for more beautiful photos of the hill click here

Updown Cottage 5* luxury self catering on Hovis Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset, England, UK

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