How much of your local area do you really explore? This has been a focus of ours recently, to find places that are local to us and hope my local readers of my blog love them enough to want to explore too. It still surprises me that there are so many new places we haven’t found, I have lived in this area my whole life!!
So last weekends visit was to Danebury Iron Age Hill Fort near Stockbridge. They think that the fort was built 2500 years ago, and occupied for nearly 500 years. Approximately about 300-400 people lived here, protecting livestock and grain from attacks. Attacking them by hurling sling stones, and warriors fought with swords! Pretty amazing to think of that isn’t it.
You can find out more history about Danebury Iron Age Hill Fort on the Hampshire County Council website
This is a great place to take the children. The fort has the ring of ramparts all around which they loved running up and down them. Seeing who could get to the top first then walking around the top edge.
The views are lovely up here. I think we were on a little area of good weather that day! As we were walking we kept seeing large dark clouds of rain, and when we got home it had been hailing! It was beautiful up there.
Danebury Iron Age Hill Fort
When you arrive there are two car parks, one at the bottom of the hill which you can park in for a longer walk. Good for dog walking as there is a large dog field which you can let the dogs off its lead. Within the actual fort you are meant to keep your dog on the lead and use the large open field to let them off. There are some ponies in the fort fields , much to my daughters delight!
If you park in the 2nd car park it’s up the hill. There are toilets here and a gate through to the fort.
You can climb up to the trig point to see the views across, pretty nice views don’t you think.
From here you can walk into the actual fort area with the ramparts to climb.
In the middle is an outline of a little house, this is great for the kids to visually understand the little houses they lived in.
We carried walking along the edges of the hill fort. It isn’t a long walk and we took it pretty slowly, so really good for kids and younger kids.
Of course no walk for us would be right without a hot drink and a sit down!
We took Gus into the dog exercise field for a good run around which also extended the walk.