Panoramic vistas across the Marshwood Vale and far reaching views of the coast. Lovely in spring when the hill is alive with a purple wash of bluebells. Perfect spot to enjoy a picnic.

A striking silhouette

Owned by the local Colfox family, Colmer’s Hill has been part of the Symondsbury Estate for over one hundred years and is open to the public with a permissive path to the top.

The pine trees were first added by woodmen to the Colfox family and has since been added to with Monteray Pine. It is these that give the hill the iconic silhouette that is so loved by photographers and walkers.

There’s lots to do at Symondsbury Estate – walking with great views guaranteed and a courtyard cafe for refreshments afterwards.

For more information take a look on the Symondsbury Estate website

View from Colmer's Hill (c) Phil George
Colmers Hill (c) Max Trafford

Ever wondered why Colmer's Hill nine pine trees are there?

Storyteller Martin Maudsley tells the story behind the nine pines planted on top of this iconic landmark.

“Take a bucket, fill it with soil and take to the top of the hill, said Major Colfox”.

Hear the story!

Take a walk?

Here are some suggestions:

  • Short (but steep) walk: Take the 30-40 minute walk from Symondsbury Estate car park to the top and back down. FIND OUT MORE
  • Colmer’s Hill to Golden Cap. From one stunning summit to another. From Colmer’s Hill you can walk to Golden Cap, the highest point on the south coast. This route takes the in-land drovers’ route and through the ancient Dorset Holloways. FIND OUT MORE
Dorset Food and Drink fresh produce

Get a taste of the local landscape

Dorset Food & Drink celebrate and support the great tastes of our outstanding landscape and there’s lots to choose from a short drive away. There is the fantastic farm shop and café at  Washingpool Farm and for great locally ale try Palmers Brewery.