Coney’s Castle is an Iron Age hillfort, less than a mile from the more well known Lambert’s Castle. Whilst there is in fact no castle, there is equally impressive views, tranquillity and ancient woodland. The site is managed by the National Trust for all to enjoy.  Visit in spring to enjoy a stunning display of bluebells.

Take a closer look

Coney’s Castle is one of the smaller hillforts looked after by the National Trust. A special feature of this hillfort is the majestic woodland with many fine, ancient, gnarled oak and beech trees. Perfect place for a quiet picnic, especially in spring when there is an explosion of bluebells to admire.

Beautiful sights at Coney's Castle. (C) Tony Gill

Walk a little ... or a lot!

The opportunities for walking in this area are almost endless – take a stroll admiring the views or take a day hiking the hills. Here are some suggestions:

  • SHORT WALKS: If you have an hour or less, follow the circular circuit around Coney’s Castle and take in the great views. Less than a mile away is the bigger sister ‘Lamberts Castle’ which can be walked to, or alternatively driven to.  FIND OUT MORE
  • WESSEX RIDGEWAY: This National Trail follows a magnificent ridge-top route crossing Dorset’s rural heartland. Each section of the trail has its own unique identity and its delights to explore. FIND OUT MORE

Rich in history

Defences against invaders were very important in the Iron Age and height led to a great advantage, hence the number of hillforts locally.

At Coney’s Castle, defences along the western edge were light due to the extremely steep natural slope, and the east, north and south sides are composed of steep ditches and ramparts (defensive bank of earth or rubble). Much of the inner ramparts have now disappeared due to cultivation and ploughing. To learn more about other hillforts in Dorset please read the Hillfort Visitor Guide written by the National Trust. FIND OUT MORE.

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