A walkthrough ancient landscapes

Part of the South Dorset Ridgeway ancient landscape, you can see this 4000 year old stone circle while walking on the South Dorset Ridgeway National Trail, on our Field Guide series walk.


This small circle constructed on the ridge above Portesham 4000 years ago has been greatly altered over its life.

In 1908 a photo shows 16 stones but in 1964 it had grown to 28 stones. However, excavation at this time revealed that many of the stones were out of place so it was shifted slightly west and restored with 10 stones to the correct site.

Hampton Down Stone Circle