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Name:Hardown Hill
Hill number:2902
Height:207m / 679ft
Section:41: South Central England
County/UA:Dorset (CoU)
Class:Marilyn, HuMP, Tump (200-299m)
Grid ref:SY 40554 94261
Summit feature:no feature on earthen dyke 15m NE of copse
Col:53m  SY431972  
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Observations: ground 40m N of copse at SY 40543 94285 is highest point if dyke is discounted (0.75m lower than dyke)

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    Logged Descriptions  (logged by 104 users)ByDate of Ascent
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Start 396954 c165m ascentajwxyzt26/03/2005
    Parked at North Chideock and walked up Carter?s Lane to A35. Ascended via road and path to summit. This involved a prickly traverse on the top to find actual summit. Good view of see and Golden Cap.garyhoney27/05/2000
    summit @ S end, not too unpleasant despite heather. FP from 408940 then heather/gorse RHW18/09/1999
    Point on heathery bank by a faint path. Seat by coppice almost at highest point.arranc25/10/1998
    Self and TaffyInvicta1419/11/1996