Badbury Rings Sat Nav postcode DT11 9JL (Google map)
Badbury Rings is an Iron Age hill fort (Dorset is home to 18 of them) located about 4 miles north-west of Wimborne and 6 miles southeast of Blandford Forum. It has 3 defensive rings of ramparts and ditches. It is thought that the inner ring dates from around 500 – 600 BC. Archeologists believe that people lived here over 6000 years ago before the fort was built. A number of tribes settled in Badbury. Among them were the Durotriges – a Celtic tribe who lived in parts of South West of England prior to the Roman occupation of 43 AD.
Badbury Rings and much of the surrounding countryside was owned by the Bankes Family until 1982 when it was gifted to the National Trust together with Kingston Lacy House and Gardens.
Entry to Badbury Rings is FREE although you do have to pay for car parking in the car park nearest to this ancient monument. The National Trust have many excellent walks nearby and the Kingston Lacy Estate which are also completely FREE and well worth doing. As you can imagine this area is a favourite spot for nature lovers and walkers (dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead as many of the walks pass through fields with livestock).
The National Trust have produced a useful pdf guide to a number of Dorset’s hill forts which can be downloaded here (2.7MB)