A report on Dorset Downs and Hod Hill

The top of the downs from above Cerne Abbas, looking south east towards the River Piddle valley
A view of the northern side of Hod Hill with the inner rampart on the left, the ditch in the middle and the outer rampart on the right.
Map of Dorset, including the Dorset Downs, showing the geology
3D view of the digital terrain model

The fort sits on a 143 m chalk hill of the same name that lies between the adjacent Dorset Downs and Cranborne Chase.

- Hod Hill

Hambledon Hill (192 m) and Hod Hill (143 m), two outliers of Cranborne Chase, separated from the Downs by the River Stour.

- Dorset Downs
The top of the downs from above Cerne Abbas, looking south east towards the River Piddle valley

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Location of the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs AONB in the UK

Cranborne Chase

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Chalk plateau in central southern England, straddling the counties Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.

Chalk plateau in central southern England, straddling the counties Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.

Location of the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs AONB in the UK
Ashmore pond
Badbury Rings hill fort

The plateau is part of the English Chalk Formation and is adjacent to Salisbury Plain and the West Wiltshire Downs in the north, and the Dorset Downs to the south west.

Further south are two more summits on an outlier of the Chase that define its southern limits: Hambledon and Hod Hills.

Hambledon Hill, as seen from Hod Hill

Hambledon Hill

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Prehistoric hill fort in Dorset, England, situated in the Blackmore Vale five miles northwest of Blandford Forum.

Prehistoric hill fort in Dorset, England, situated in the Blackmore Vale five miles northwest of Blandford Forum.

Hambledon Hill, as seen from Hod Hill
On Hambledon hill, looking north
3D view of the digital terrain model
North end of Hambledon Hill

The hill itself is a chalk outcrop, on the southwestern corner of Cranborne Chase, separated from the Dorset Downs by the River Stour.

The site appears to have been abandoned around 300 BC possibly in favour of the nearby site of Hod Hill.