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Name:Hardown Hill
Hill number:2902
Height:207m / 679ft
Section:41: South Central England
County/UA:Dorset (CoU)
Catchment:Minor Rivers only (South)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (200-299m)
(Ma,Hu,Tu,2)
Grid ref:SY 40554 94261
Summit feature:no feature on earthen dyke 15m NE of copse
Drop:154m
Col:53m  SY431972  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 193
(1:25k) 116
Observations:ground 40m N of copse at SY 40543 94285 is highest point if dyke is discounted (0.75m lower than dyke)
Survey:Abney level
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 179 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Short walk from up track to summit area copse and dyke following a day in Portland and Lyme RegisN.Morters14/04/2017
Both of usTonyandsue09/04/2017
From Carter's Lane to SETony J18/02/2017
Nice easy short walk from road and layby to south of Ryall. Turning left off road path signposted to right contouring round the summits NE flank. At boundary to Open Access I turned left at path junction then headed straight over heather to summit, though if stay on path for a little longer will pick up vehicle track which heads south taking you more or less to summit on your left. Highest point is on fence line to west of coppice. Wandered around coppice looking for higher natural high point which I reckon is adjacent to highest point on fence line mentioned above.SteveSmith19/12/2016
Start of days walk from Morecombelake, walked up road from village to NT notice board, then took path via mast to the pine wood. Walked around in circles following satnav. Returned to mast and followed path north down to Ryall.Buteobuteo24/11/2016
Circular walk with Golden Cap.tomd403/11/2016
Parked at 404948 opposite bungalow followed footpath a few tens of metres south up onto National Trust land. Nice hill.rogreeves30/08/2016
With Wendy. From right angle bend on narrow lane to south west - parking for 2 cars if you are lucky. Easy and enjoyable.ijpowell24/07/2016
TD, C and H.This Dog20/07/2016
From east up on path through bracken and gorse which eventually led to track to top. Through trees to earth bank. Good views.PeterD27/06/2016
Fourth of a 4 tump circuit from Symondsbury. Nice heathery top.milimana12/03/2016
Bridport Runnersbenwloudon02/03/2016
As Tim747Bramley14/10/2015
with Holly & LunaBigNick08/10/2015
Quick jog up and down from end of lane on way back from West Bay to Beer on holiday.SS23/08/2015
3/6 Easy walk up by following tracks from the north wonderful viewsFergalh08/07/2015
Parking at 40845 94270, ROW to access land goes to the right of the big red Private Keep out sign!tim74705/06/2015
With Alan in pretty poor conditions.Alex C28/03/2015
From PO on A35squeegs21/03/2015
Parked roadside at SY 4060 8474. Took steep path up from there (recently cut brambles). Operated ham radio from near the Vodafone mast compound on the summit. Watch out for dog excrement...there was loads of it about much to my chagrin...G4OBK (Phil)13/02/2015
Parked in a layby east of the hill. The hill top is owned by the NT as its heathland, but I couldn't help thinking why wasn't I walking over Golden cap on the coast.mindlessflogger26/08/2014
Squeezed into a widening of the road S of Ryall, went up a lane then paths worn through bracken on SE side. Good track over heathland to W, < 1m below summit. I'd rather be on Golden Cap.pwheeler26/06/2014
The dyke seems to be the highest point.bolton22/03/2014
Room for 3 cars in small parking area (408942) on minor road at S. end of Ryall Walked NNW along minor road for about 500m to Byway sign SW up track to NT sign Take track on the left and head S. past transmitter to W. side of copse E. across the heather for about 50m to the highest point on the dyke. (Solo)gerrybowes18/02/2014
Had to use GPS to find Doug's car park spot in Ryall. When I got there someone had parked a 30 foot rowing boat in it! Rough top, heather bank by plantation.mick29/08/2013
Parked in Morcombelake, great views.Simon06/10/2012
Tortuous route up through brambles and gorse. Found trod on descent. Camped at Five Bells where shower and friendly folk.Eddie17/07/2012
W Jenx, from roadside park in gate at 406947, cut up permitted track and at T junction another track past aerial to copse. Top clearly to NE on raised bank. Use track to return, paths are cut into gorse/heather and muddy. Easy ascent this way.nordicstar12/05/2012
Parked at 402954 (11:20) and took footpath across fields to village. Up Pitmans Lane, then signed path up hill to top (dyke near coppice). Descent via Ryall Road; finish 12:20dbb17/03/2012
a circular walk taking in golden cap too. summit a mass of gorse bushes and thick undergrowth. summit is very ill definedstig_nest15/11/2011
as described elsewhere parked by bakerygigglejon05/08/2011
Excellent lunch at The Bull in Bridport. V difficult parking in Morecomblake, may be better on main road. Up NW side, down S ridge. Top on embankment near copse. Lots of gorse, long trousers a must! Warm and sunny.malcorbett03/05/2011
ENGLISH MARILYN 46. DRIVEN PAST NUMEROUS TIMES WITHOUT REALISING THIS HILL WAS HERE. VIEWS RIVAL THOSE FROM GOLDEN CAP. A SUPERB HILL AT SUNSET ON A BEAUTIFUL SPRING DAY AFTER DOING PILSDON PEN AND LEWESDON HILL.BURGESS07/03/2011
Just stopped raining, overcast, calm, mild, good views.iangalbraith14/11/2010
Very difficult to access hill with houses around and difficult hedges. From the E eventually.Aye Jimmy03/11/2010
Parked on Langdon Hill good viewsphilhythe16/10/2010
Short walk from Morcombelake.rhalstead03/05/2010
Top is on the ridge near the trees unless that is disqualified for being man made.clivevilla09/07/2009
Top could be anywhere.destaylor09/06/2009
Walked/ran from NT cottage at St Gabriel's and back in 40 minutes as I had to get back to go to my father's 70th birthday lunch. Got a bit of stick when I got back as my Sunday best was covered in mud and sweat. Nice hill though.Herbert Anchovy03/05/2009
Climbed this hill early in the moring before taking in Torbay and Plymouth on my to Cornwall.Overthehilljill03/05/2009
Climbed during a stay at Cheddar Youth Hostel.marktrengove13/09/2008
Ditto wheresthepath, for a good tramp around this flat summit.Dugswell203/06/2008
petey26/09/2007
Difficult to place the exact top. Thought the ridge to the south of the wood seemed higher than the seat but stomped around a few places.signyred21/06/2007
no parking on the minor roads but plenty on the main A road then a short walk to the topRhayader_wander26/05/2007
Suggest anybody driving here park in the village at the bottom of the hill unless they have a 4x4. Pleasent walk and some nice views. Summit not obvious, so wandered all over.Greg05/05/2007
Galltywenallt26/03/2006
There's space for a few cars on the roadside at SY 408 943. We reckoned the high point was on a bank hidden amongst the heather a bit east of the seat, but could be anywhere on this flat summit! Very pleasant hill though.wheresthepath17/09/2005
Highest point by bench or amongst treeswebmaster03/08/2005