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Bespidge Wood Camp (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

Visited the site today, right next to the road so easy to visit. Banks quite worn but still visible. Lovely views all round. So well worth a visit if your in the area.

Temple Wood (Promontory Fort)

Visited the site today. Situated on a bend in the River Nith' there was not a lot to see to be honest as any earthworks by the river were overgrown. There was a large earthwork within the woods themselves but this might be more modern and connected to the 18th century stone circle within the woods.

Boddington Hill Camp (Hillfort)

The last time I was in this part of the world was 30 years ago as a young trainee at RAF Halton. Often we would go on runs through these woods. Not once did I realise there was a hillfort there, to be honest though after running up that hill it was probably the last thing on our minds. Nice to return and see the fort though. I followed the fitness trail which takes all the way around the outside of the site. Some great views as well.

Bozedown (Hillfort)

Visited the site today. A huge fort in its day commanding views along the Thames towards Reading. The only earthworks still remaining were on the western side of the camp, but you could make out the eastern edge quite easily by the crop marks on the slight ridge cutting across the field towards the small wood. A big fort in a lovely part of the world, and it's not everyday you get to see Alpacas on a hill fort.

Knap Hill (Causewayed Enclosure)

Visited Knap hill for the first time today and what a lovely spot it is. I felt that along with adams grave it acts as a a pair of sentries guarding the southern approaches to Avebury. I look forward to returning when its not so windy and having a proper stomp around. A truly lovely part of the world and well worth a visit.

Forest Hill Farm (Hillfort)

Nice location on the edge of Savenake Forest overlooking Malborough. I visited the site today and the earthworks along the edge of the hill and among the woods at the top of the hill looked like they could be Iron Age. The position on the edge of the hill would suggest that it was part of a hill fort or enclosure of some kind.

Hanging Langford Camp (Enclosure)

Hanging Langford Camp, an Iron Age/Romano British settlement, linked by a ditch to a 'banjo' type enclosure lying below it, known as Church-end Ring. Very hard to see anything as the site is heavily wooded but you can see some of the earthworks along the southern edge of the woods.

East Castle (Enclosure)

Situated to the south of the village of Hanging Langford, East Castle is a small enclosure with a single bank and ditch which at the most is no more than 1 meter high, and about 50 meters in diameter. Heavily wooded it took a while to find but a nice little site, one of many in the area.

Grovely Castle (Hillfort)

Visited the site today and found access very limited and could only get this shot taken from the village of Little Langford which it sits above.

Ladle Hill Disc Barrow (Round Barrow(s))

Visited Ladle Hill and stumbled across a very well preserved Disc Barrow on the northern slope of the hill. I would say it is about 30ft in diameter with a ditch surrounding it at about 4ft deep. A lovely spot to visit as the hill commands good views of the nearby Beacon Hill.

Chisbury (Hillfort)

Chisbury is a small pear shaped hillfort above the hamlet of Chisbury. It has bivallate & trivallate defences which are mostly wooded over but the northern sides defences are easily visible. Within the northern side of the site is Chisbury manor and farm and on the western end is the 13th century Chisbury chapel, which has a nice reproduction of a 16th century map of the site on the wall inside.

Fosbury Camp (Hillfort)

Fosbury camp is the site of an Iron Age bivallate hill fort. It Would have commanded great views in all directions but is now heavily wooded on the northern side. It is still an impressive looking site and the picture does not do it justice.

Bevisbury (Plateau Fort)

Bevisbury was an Iron Age plateau fort on Hampshire's border with Wiltshire. This site is now greatly mutilated and overgrown. The southern ramparts are the best preserved. There are several pits that have been cut in to the site which were probably quarries, and a private house within the north east corner.

Ashleys Copse (Hillfort)

Ashleys copse is the earthwork remains of an Iron Age hillfort .The Hampshire Wiltshire border runs right through the middle of this site. The site is half wooded where you find the best preserved earthworks, but you can still see some of the earthworks on the eastern spur of the hill. Not an easy site to get to so pictures taken from footpath to the east of the site.

Bridles Copse (Dyke)

Visited the site today and although obvious to see the earthworks the dry bracken and leafs made it hard to get a decent picture. However they were all easy to spot, particularly the one running north to south which was up to 8ft high in places. There are 2 earthworks at bridles copse , one runs southwest to northeast along the northern edge of the river and the other one starts the other side of the river running south then bending round to the south east.

Bullsdown Camp (Plateau Fort)

From a distance you wouldn't notice that Bullsdown Camp was the site of an Iron Age fort as it is so heavily wooded. On closer inspection it is a very large multilavatte fort with 3 banks and ditch's. Although eroded heavily the earthworks are still impressive.
It is what i would call a valley/plateau fort as it is on rising ground on Bulls down where it gets its name from.

Flex Ditch (Dyke)

Visited the site today and it is a big ditch about 100 meters by 20 and a good 5 meters deep in the middle. There is a pond at the eastern end which is dry but boggy as I found out to my cost. No real idea as to its original use maybe linked to the other Iron Age earthworks in the area

The Frith (Hillfort)

The Frith is a small univallate Iron Age hillfort to the north of Silchester Roman/Iron Age town. The single bank covers all sides apart from the south east and at the most is about 5 feet high on the western edge. The ditch is also traceable for the length of the bank all be it at varying states.

Borson Barrows (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery)

Visited the site today and managed to locate 4 of the barrows shown on the map. 2 large undamaged bell barrows, a badly dug away bell barrow and the low almost ploughed out remains of a bowl barrow.

The 1st bell barrow is situated in the south west corner of a school playing field and is in good condition but rather overgrown with ferns.

The 2nd well preserved bell barrow can be found to the north along the bridleway near the electricity substation. Next to this is the badly dug away bell barrow.

The ploughed out remains of the bowl barrow can be seen to the north of the sports field beneath the in the middle of the sports field.

Borough Hill (Hillfort)

Borough hill is a small hillfort, only an acre in size, standing on plateau gravel at the top of Borough Hill between the villages of Winterbourne and Boxford.It was discovered in 1962 and is not marked as a fort on any maps. There are some signs of man made earthworks but these might be contemporary. More of a large mound to look at, quiet flat on the top and now used as a pheasant pen.
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Hi i'm Ian Spent my school years In Andover Hants about 20 mins bike ride from Danebury Ring and most my adult life in Wantage in the Vale of the White Horse, so that explains my interest in all things ancient, Mainly hill forts.

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