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 defended 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.To visit Badbury Rings and get the most from your holiday in Wimborne Minster, create itinerary details personal to you using our Wimborne Minster online visit planner .
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Badbury Rings Reviews
This hill fort is great for a walk with dogs and kids .. beautiful drive thru oak trees .. entrance is off this avenue of oaks and parking is National Trust (free members) or pay on site. Enjoyed a wa... more »
Beautiful energetic walk across the mounds fresh wind but great to bump into so many friendly people highly recommend more »
Owned by the National Trust. Cattle sometimes roam free so keep your dogs under control. There are a few poo bins around so clear up after your dog. There are organised trips to see the glow worms at ... more »
Another tick off my bucket list! Well worth the short ascent from convenient car park. Stunning views across Dorset. And Rona had fun too!
Love this place. You feel the ghosts of history and so relaxing
Amazing place to walk the dog and children. Parking purse friendly unlike many other places.
I’ve been going here since I was a lad,wonder place and beautiful views. However some folk are allowing their dogs to use it as a toilet now. Lazy thoughtless people not bothering to pick up the poop from the walk ways. It’s becoming some what like all over these days. ‘By the way ‘ Wimborne is starting to become like this now. Some owners allowing their dogs to leap up at Folk as well. Come on get a grip.
Good for walking. Easy to get lost though...
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