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Path to Badbury Rings

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Path to Badbury Rings - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

This panorama was taken on the path form the car park to Badbury Rings. The ancient hill fort is visible in the distance, surmounted by a copse of trees at the top, beyond the ditches and dykes that protect the fort.

Path to Badbury Rings - FURTHER INFORMATION

Path to Badbury Rings - Wimborne Minster visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Path to Badbury Rings' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Dorset.

Badbury Rings is an ancient Iron Age hill fort in Dorset, close to both Wimborne Minster and Blandford Forum. The area is now owned by the National Trust and part of the Kingston Lacey estate. There is a car park nearby and Badbury Rings is open to the public. It is popular with local people and provides good views over rural Dorset.

Badbury Rings is a hill fort that date back to the Bronze Age (2200BC-800BC). On the site are 4 Bronze Age round barrows (burial mounds). The hill fort is thought to have been used from about 800BC to around 47AD when the Romans invaded the area. Other panoramas taken around the site show both the top of the inner rampart and also some sense of the steep trough between ramparts. Dorset has several hill forts, and another well known one is Maiden Castle near to Dorchester.

2 important Roman roads run through Badbury Rings. One is the remains of the road from Dorchester to Old Sarum. This road may have run from started in Bath and ended in Hamworthy (Poole).


Babury Rings lies on the B3082 Blandford Road which runs from Wimborne Minster to Blandford Forum. The site is about 4 miles for Wimborne, and about 6 from Blandford, at a point known as Beech Avenue

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