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Flower's Barrow

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OS Ref: SY 864 805

Last Visited: 2014

Bindon Hill from Flower's Barrow

Bindon Hill from Flower's Barrow

Despite the name Flowerʼs Barrow is not a barrow at all, but an Iron Age Hill Fort.

It consists of two sets of walls. Along the northern edge of the escarpment these run closely parallel; at the more level eastern and western ends they open out, possibly indicating that the settlement had grown significantly by the time the second set of walls were built.

The southern third of the fort has been lost to cliff erosion, but presumably would have been lightly defended.

Flowerʼs Barrow is located within the Lulworth Military Range. The ranges are open on selected weekends and for the whole of August (check opening days). The cleared paths are indicated by yellow posts, and you should not venture on to the walls of the fort.

Getting There

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I was in two minds whether to list this as a stroll rather than a place, and would have done if it werenʼt for three things:

  • Firstly, the fact that the first third of the route from the nearest place to park, Whiteway Car Park (50.629791° N, 2.159726° E) on Povington Hill, is parallel to a road which can get quite busy in summer,
  • Secondly, there are even better walks to be had in the area, for instance Grange Arch just up the road and Worbarrow and Tyneham on the other side of the valley, and
  • Thirdly, it is within the Lulworth Military Range and not always open to the public.
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