Badbury RingsWednesday, August 18th, 2010
If you are looking for an Interesting walk in Dorset why not try the Badbury rings.
This Hillfort is situated at the cross of two Roman roads, between Dorchester, Old Sarum (Salisbury), Bath and Hamworthy (Poole).
It dates from the Iron Age was built on a site that was occupied from much earlier times. This can be seen by the four Bronze Age (2200BC-800BC) round barrows, the most notable of which are the three that lie to your right as you travel up the track to the car park.
It comprises of three concentric, circular ditches that protect a large inner sanctuary for the inhabitants. Chalk spoil taken from each ditch was built up as loose scree on the inner edge of the ditch, effectively doubling its height and providing an earthen rampart. From the bottom of the ditch to the top of the rampart would have reached a height of some 40ft (15m) and, even accounting for 2,000 years of erosion, the ditches are formidable even today.