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Badbury Rings, Wimborne Minster

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Badbury Rings is an Iron Age hill fort in east Dorset, England. It was in the territory of the Durotriges. In the Roman era a temple was located immediately west of the fort, and there was a Romano-British town known as Vindocladia a short distance to the south-west.Iron AgeBadbury Rings sits 327ft above sea level. There are two main phases of construction; the first covered and was defend by multiple ditches, while the second was more than twice the size, covering 16.6ha and defended by a single ditch and rampart. Bronze Age round barrows in the vicinity demonstrate an earlier use of the area.Until 1983 Badbury Rings was privately owned as part of the Kingston Lacy estate, and the owners discouraged investigation of the site. The site now belongs to the National Trust. A survey of the hillfort by the RCHME was begun in 1993. The summit area was cleared of undergrowth by the National Trust in 1997 and the conifer plantation was thinned out. This allowed the RCHME to complete the survey in 1998, which recorded 28 potential hut sites within the ramparts, although some depressions are probably caused by uprooted trees. The first excavations, led by Martin Papworth, took place in 2004, when three evaluation trenches were dug. Almost all of the pottery found was dated to the Late Iron Age. The current evidence does not suggest that the hillfort was a principal settlement in the Early Iron Age. It seems likely that the hillfort became depopulated towards the end of the Late Iron Age, perhaps as the Vindocladia settlement near Shapwick developed.
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  • August 19, 2017
    Badbury Rings is a haven of tranquility and rural Dorset vistas and wildlife. The famous avenue of trees along the main road leading to the Hill Fort are truly memorable as an introduction to the main...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    The rings go back to the stone age but came into eminence during the Roman period. It was within sight of the first Roman invasion camp and given the fact no invasion destruction appears to have taken...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Badbury Rings is an Iron Age hillfort in east Dorset. The site dates from around 800 BC and was in use until the Roman occupation of 43 AD. Wonderful views, lovely countryside, you may see fox, deer, ...  more »
  • Great peaceful place to walk dogs and children love the natural world here. Unfortunately the car park is NO LONGER FREE . National Trust have installed meters to pay and display 🤔....very sad day in my opinion. Nothing is free anymore. Just wondering how long it will be until they own a Cafe. Spoiling the natural beauty of the place.
  • Great views and excellent walks although sheep do graze here so dogs must be under control. Disappointingly you now have to pay for parking which does put people off exercising dogs.
  • Absolutely beautiful National Trust owned Iron Age hillfort. There are some lovely walks around the area and also a couple of interesting pubs nearby.
  • Stunning location, steeped in history. Nice rolling landscape. Well maintained grounds. Perfect for dog walkers and people waiting to take friends and family out for a day in the countryside. Note, no toilets, cafés or facilities (shops etc) within walking distance.
  • Iron Age Hill Fort's don't come with better views than this. On a clear day, you can see the Isle of Wight. The earthworks and ditches are in remarkable condition considering they've been there for thousands of years. Also, have fun trying to count how many Bronze Age burial mounds are scattered around the hill!

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