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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)
(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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Summit photo

Hill portrait

Logged Descriptions  (logged by 121 users)ByDate of Ascent
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
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
Alan Caine28/03/2015
Iona14/06/2014
Tom Mundell14/06/2014
carole engel01/04/2014
Matt Smith01/04/2014
TeasyChris20/02/2014
citygent03/06/2013
Clive G05/04/2013
jimbloomer01/11/2012
govanah21/10/2012
tallscottishguy21/10/2012
Mark Sims11/10/2012
Crumblie210/07/2012
jabbott196820/05/2012
jenx12/05/2012
Lionel Bidwell06/04/2012
Susan Bidwell06/04/2012
George Gradwell01/04/2012
boxblade25/02/2012
DW29/01/2012
Chalkie16/08/2011
bowlesy31/07/2011
m0tub02/07/2011
Owen B24/06/2011
siabod20/06/2011
asbown19/06/2011
stevedixon06/03/2011
PM05/02/2011
alda09/01/2011
assynt_bob07/11/2010
softsquare13/09/2010
m1eyp01/08/2010
jonglew27/06/2010
alda27/03/2010
RobertP18/02/2010
Jacqdaw15/10/2009
Hillsidenick15/10/2009
G4OWG01/10/2009
bedfordtom31/05/2009
jondudley13/04/2009
vegibagger08/04/2009
AndyS06/12/2008
Sprog13/09/2008
ianwatson17/08/2008
Martin R16/08/2008
Tony Rogers11/03/2008
Laurel09/03/2008
Rowan09/03/2008
mae09/02/2008
DARRENG12/01/2008
richtea504003/12/2007
Jim.Fothergill28/09/2007
Rob Pen y Garn19/09/2007
Lynfa Penygarn19/09/2007
plodderslot28/04/2007
andrew brown23/09/2006
MIKE NICHOLLS30/04/2006
M0ZZO24/07/2005
stevent080904/06/2005
chrisbien17/05/2005
Father Ted26/03/2005
Edwin Gradwell06/08/2004
Colin Crawford01/08/2004
Minto22/05/2004
iaindbrown19/04/2004
Jon F15/04/2004
danpquinn08/02/2003
peterstanding30/06/2002
fasgadh12/04/2002
David Gradwell01/04/2002
TheWicken19/08/2001
climbingkershaw31/05/2001
GordonAdshead00/09/2000
Adrian01/05/2000
Jim T09/04/2000
David Rawden16/01/2000
andrew.allum01/01/2000
Halfdecent00/00/2000
Smudge01/11/1999
Chris Peart17/07/1999
chriswatson07/07/1999
chalky195316/03/1999
PeteF17/12/1974

Photos

Summit photo

Hill portrait

Logged Descriptions  (logged by 121 users)ByDate of Ascent
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
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
Alan Caine28/03/2015
Iona14/06/2014
Tom Mundell14/06/2014
carole engel01/04/2014
Matt Smith01/04/2014
TeasyChris20/02/2014
citygent03/06/2013
Clive G05/04/2013
jimbloomer01/11/2012
govanah21/10/2012
tallscottishguy21/10/2012
Mark Sims11/10/2012
Crumblie210/07/2012
jabbott196820/05/2012
jenx12/05/2012
Lionel Bidwell06/04/2012
Susan Bidwell06/04/2012
George Gradwell01/04/2012
boxblade25/02/2012
DW29/01/2012
Chalkie16/08/2011
bowlesy31/07/2011
m0tub02/07/2011
Owen B24/06/2011
siabod20/06/2011
asbown19/06/2011
stevedixon06/03/2011
PM05/02/2011
alda09/01/2011
assynt_bob07/11/2010
softsquare13/09/2010
m1eyp01/08/2010
jonglew27/06/2010
alda27/03/2010
RobertP18/02/2010
Jacqdaw15/10/2009
Hillsidenick15/10/2009
G4OWG01/10/2009
bedfordtom31/05/2009
jondudley13/04/2009
vegibagger08/04/2009
AndyS06/12/2008
Sprog13/09/2008
ianwatson17/08/2008
Martin R16/08/2008
Tony Rogers11/03/2008
Laurel09/03/2008
Rowan09/03/2008
mae09/02/2008
DARRENG12/01/2008
richtea504003/12/2007
Jim.Fothergill28/09/2007
Rob Pen y Garn19/09/2007
Lynfa Penygarn19/09/2007
plodderslot28/04/2007
andrew brown23/09/2006
MIKE NICHOLLS30/04/2006
M0ZZO24/07/2005
stevent080904/06/2005
chrisbien17/05/2005
Father Ted26/03/2005
Edwin Gradwell06/08/2004
Colin Crawford01/08/2004
Minto22/05/2004
iaindbrown19/04/2004
Jon F15/04/2004
danpquinn08/02/2003
peterstanding30/06/2002
fasgadh12/04/2002
David Gradwell01/04/2002
TheWicken19/08/2001
climbingkershaw31/05/2001
GordonAdshead00/09/2000
Adrian01/05/2000
Jim T09/04/2000
David Rawden16/01/2000
andrew.allum01/01/2000
Halfdecent00/00/2000
Smudge01/11/1999
Chris Peart17/07/1999
chriswatson07/07/1999
chalky195316/03/1999
PeteF17/12/1974