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Name:Lewesdon Hill
Hill number:2896
Height:279m / 915ft
RHB Section:41: South Central England
County/UA:Dorset (CoU)
County (CoH):Dorset (CoH)
County (CoA):Dorset (CoA)
Catchment:Axe (Seaton), Catchment Boundaries, Brit
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (200-299m), Historic County Top, Current County/UA Top,
Administrative County Top, Clem
Grid ref:ST 43776 01174
Summit feature:grassy mound at east end of ridge
Col:94m  ST340086  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 193
(1:25k) 116
Observations:marginally higher than mound under tree 60m NNW at ST 43760 01232
Survey:Abney level
Comments:Replaces hill 2898 Pilsdon Pen as Dorset County top
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill
  • Dorset (1974) administrative county top
  • Dorset historic county top
  • Dorset current county/UA top

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 305 users)ByDate of Ascent
Parked by the church at Stoke Abbot and made along Jubilee Way to the south of Lewesdon Hill. Nice clamber up through beech woods. Thought I had more to do, yet suddenly I was up on the large grass platform of the summit. This is a very pleasant place. Top hump of this trip. Continued to the end and down to join Wessex Ridge Way and then east to Waddon Hill. As others say the landowner of Waddon Hill has gone over the top with the keep out signs. More welcome would be their showing some effort with fitting stiles. I encountered locked gates and electric fences across the right of way on the way to Lewesdon. May be the same people in charge. Hope the county council rights of way officer doing something on this.Pete West22/02/2020
Crewkerne station - Mosterton Down - Conegar Hill - Lewesdon Hill - Waddon Hill - Gerrard's Hill - Beaminster Hill - South Warren Hill - Jack's Hill - Hincknowle Hill - Mangerton Hill - Melplash - bus to Crewkerne.Mark Jackson18/01/2020
From Coombe Lane. Quick bag on way to football at WeymouthLongwojo19/10/2019
From Stoke Abbott to summit and down to Broadwindsor.IanHHill02/10/2019
Having ‘bagged’ Eggardon hill early I drove to Broadwindsor and parked by the village store. Breakfast pastry purchases before a 10.5 mile walk up to Lewesdon hill before heading back down to pick up bridleway and road to Pilsdon Pen. Heading down to Stoke Abott using roads and Bridle Paths and the Jubilee Way to Stoke Abbott then up to Chartknolle Farm out and back to Gerrard's Hill. Headed back to Broadwindsor via Waddon Hill which is clearly a hill the landowner does not want you to walk up!Buck03/08/2019
Parked to the south of the top, at the entrance to the bridleway. Easy walk up through the trees, well signed.jedthehumanoid26/07/2019
On the way to walk the Cerne Valley Trail. Very early morning quick up & back walk to summit from parking area near courtwood farm.fosal2909/07/2019
Managed to squeeze the car in near Stoke Knapp farm to E of hill and followed Lewesdon Hill Lane up to woods at top. Struggled up directly via the NE ridge but returned much more sensibly to the lane via the RoW leading back to the N.Wheelsy15/06/2019
Lovely little climb from Bucks head, nice views from the topJephcote8327/05/2019
The Dorset Invader half marathonTerra Love26/05/2019
Parked in layby at entrance to Brimley Coombe farms. Nice walk to summit area which was site of old hill fort.NormanW11/02/2019
Nice little stroll up from Buck's Head. Great views on the way up, but the actual summit was in cloud so I didn't quite see the appeal of doing my planned circuit round to Waddon Hill and Stoke Abbott...jkl30/12/2018
Walked over from Pilsdon Pen via minor roads and FP to South. Traffic free! Then up steep slope from near Buck's Head. Enjoyable. Onto Waddon Hill next.trimarc220/11/2018
There is parking for three cars immediately to the S of the frontage of Bucks Head and which was in use by local dog walkers.Isbjorn11/11/2018
Up and back from Buck's HeadFred Windsor09/10/2018
With KatyGeorge Thompson14/09/2018
10k circuit from Broadwindsor over Pilsdon Pen and Lewesdon Hill KeithByTheC11/09/2018
From the south, with my sister who lives locally.Topographer5711/08/2018
Parking on the road was a bit tricky but we found a layby and went up from the South. Was an easy hike through trees with glimpses of the view. The summit was a plateau surrounded by trees. Limited views. Beautiful quiet area. Did with Joe & Tom.fnem05/08/2018
Usual route from Bucks Head then on to Pilsdon PenClach Liath04/08/2018
Parking in Stoke Abbot, next to PH, nice walk up, to Gerrards Hill, some great views from here today. from here over to Roman Fort then Leweston Hill and back to Stoke Abbott 10k circular.griefmiester30/07/2018
Family walk from Broadwindsor.richtea504004/07/2018
From Bucks Head. Nice wooded hill - a riot of bluebellsCrib Goch09/05/2018
Fine to park at Buck's head - lots of people parked up here. Fantastic hill.twg2706/05/2018
Parked on the road and walked up the bridal way then head off through the woods to lump which marks the summitjmistry8616/04/2018
Spring at lastBen Tindal12/04/2018
From Bucks Head cottage, up the concrete track, and then the footpath. Heavy rain, so it was very muddy and a bit slippy where worn down to the chalk, but just splodge through it. Nice trees, and the massive lawn at the top is a huge surprise. One of the better hills in this area.Gill24/01/2018
With K. Parked near Bucks Head after failing to park at either end of Wessex Ridgeway, seemed OK? Lovely hillAshley17/11/2017
2/8M parked side of bucks head cottage track then path up through woods.robertphillips07/11/2017
With Val. From Buck's Head. Farm track then very pleasant walk through Beech wood to summit. Good weather.mike.hoult06/11/2017
Walked from Broadwindsorlozinworcester05/10/2017
County top walk up and down from Buck head on the B3162 just past the turning for Stoke Abbott. There's a couple of spots to park one outside a house called Buck head and one further up the road past the crossroads. The path up through the woods looks like it could be very muddy if wet weather was recent, the plateau is a good view point of the are when you find a gap in the trees.WAYNE ROWLETT11/08/2017
8.5 mile walk from car park south of Pilsdon Pen, walked down country lane south-east and onto Jubilee Way to Stoke Abbott (very posh village), up better path to Chartknolle Farm out and back to Gerrard's Hill, then west along Wessex Ridgeway onto Lewesdon Hill, along to B-road and climbed Pilsdon Pen from North, back to car park. Then drove to and bagged Lambert's Castle Hill and Colmers Hill. Lovely and sunny with nice breeze.DanTrig22/05/2017
Early morning walk up from Bucks Head. Space for 3 cars at roadside. Good path up the ridge to flattened summit. Glorious early morning sunshine, fine views a little limited by trees.N.Morters16/04/2017
Both of usTonyandsue09/04/2017
From Buck's Head on B3162. Third and final Marilyn of the day to complete Region 41.Tony J18/02/2017
1/7 Marilyns today. Space for one car if parked carefully to avoid blocking access at top of Courtwood Farm road. Out and back along Ridgway.SS04/02/2017
Very little walking and lots of driving today starting in Littlehampton. Final Marilyn of 4 on close to shortest day of year so ended up on summit in the dark. Only one of modern technology bagging criteria satisfied plus the good old fashioned physical presence verified by myself. Phone battery flat so could not log summit on, nearly dark so could not take decent photos but did manage to create a track log on spare tablet. May return at a later date but for now this visit will have to do.SteveSmith19/12/2016
Short up and down off the Wessex Ridgeway path en route from Pilsden Pen to BeaminsterButeobuteo25/11/2016
From Buck's Head up concrete farm track to gate onto bridleway up track through nice Beech trees.rogreeves30/08/2016
Great apple cake in the Art Deco Cafe in Beaminster, walk over Chartknolle, then an amazing view of the sea from the top of Lewesdon Hill.edmundjohnson06/08/2016
From Broadwindsor. The village has a craft centre with nice cafe and free parking.ijpowell26/07/2016
After Pilsdon Pen on walk to Beaminster over the tops with A& B.PeterD28/06/2016
10 mile circular route starting at Stoke Abbott, via Pilsdon.Graeme18/06/2016
misty day ...climbed here and Polsden gos said they were both 280m..lolkeithelliott04/06/2016
On LDWA Dorset 100MichaelF01/05/2016
From Stoke Abbot.rhalstead17/01/2016
parked on verge between Bucks Head cottage and cross roads then up Coombe lane and through trees to topBramley14/10/2015
5/6 Approached from south steep climb for nice views very pleasant topFergalh08/07/2015
Parked on verge at 4412 01692, then via Stoke Knapp. Went in up to my knees in the highest bog in Dorset!tim74705/06/2015
My best Historic County Summit to date... it was all ethereal and misty and lots of interesting plants and flowers. Children doing dangerous swinging over an iron age ditch.
Enroute to Kathryn & Sean Lakeman 45mins 3k stepsSailing02/05/2015
From Broadwindsor, returning via Stoke Knapp and Providence Farm.squeegs21/03/2015
Rogue and I nice and easy - winter parkingmaltose18/03/2015
My last of 176 English Marilyns and a nightmare for parking close to. Squeezed in roadside on B3162 at ST 4413 0167. No parking signs all around the Stoke Knapp Farm triangle so couldn't park there... What a lovely County Top this is, in the clearing on top of a beech wood. I can see why the NT bought it. Operated ham radio from the summit for SOTA and made 115 contacts worldwide by Morse and Voice.G4OBK (Phil)13/02/2015
Parked at Broadwindsor and climbed Pilsdon Pen first, before completing a circular walk back to Broadwindsor, via this fine hill. With Paul.Skerryvore25/10/2014
Parked in Broadwindsor and after passing a house where Charles II slept and a toll house (was this the main road once) walked south through fields. The hill is owned by the NT and is an iron age fort covered by a beautiful beach forest. The views were restricted but the ancient woods are as fine as anything else in the country. Broadwindsor church is a perfect English village church with 12th century arches and magnificent gargoylesmindlessflogger26/08/2014
From Bucks Head, ca 2 parking places. Bridleway by nice old beech hedge to top. Continued, joining Wessex Ridgeway and paths to Pilsdon Hill, previously erroneously regarded as the county top Spiritually it still is- it's much the finer top. Back via Lavenstoke, no prob using the track from ST 422000 avoiding an overgrown and sodden bridleway shown on the map 200 m further down the road. Clay soils make for wet going round herepwheeler26/06/2014
With Dorothy, Ian and Jo. Parked on the edge of Beaminster, picked up Wessex Ridgeway all the way to final push to the top. Returned via Stoke Abbott.callumorr28/05/2014
Lovely deserted place with ancient hilfort among the trees. Ben and Marie short walk from nearby road. Cup of Clipper tea in Beaminster first to get us ready.mcf17/04/2014
Solo walk from the layby car park.bolton22/03/2014
Being on my back door I'm amazed I've never actually climbed this one before. was quite a foggy morning so I left it until just after midday, parked up in Beaminster and followed the Wessex trail from there. the summit is quite wooded and I was actually disappointed there was no trig point but that was more of an annoyance than anything. Glad I've made it to the highest place in Dorset.derlan13/03/2014
With SuziDonpeblo08/03/2014
Small layby next to Buck’s Head Cottage – W. up Coombe Lane for about 200m – Through gate on right – Up footpath through magnificent beech trees to summit mound at top of path. (Solo)gerrybowes18/02/2014
With PhoebeTeasyChris16/02/2014
Did this one on a day long walk along with nearby Pilsdon Pen, which the locals insist has always been the traditional Dorset county top. The views are actually much better from the top of Pilsdon Pen, which is probably what gives the impression of greater elevation.The Gardener07/09/2013
With Alf via Wessex Ridgeway on Burstock side.Top appears to be a small mound under a beech tree in the clearing.mick26/08/2013
Walked from Lavestock farm, where we were staying and tried to follow the path to the bridle way across unkept paths including two fields of maize. When we got to the bridle way it was plain sailing all the way up to the top of the hill, past a NT sign to a plain which was the site of a hill fort.steverd14/08/2013
After much searching for car parking, located a small space next a bridleway. Climbed a very easy track which didn't appear to go to the summit - then branched off (through some boggy ground, deeper than our boots!) We followed a rough ridge up to the top, where we found the NT signage - hurrah, we'd made it. Well worth all the effort and great fun for the dog.Janesm22/06/2013
Pleasant 45 minute stroll along Wessex Ridgeway from B3164 to west. Lots of bluebells in the woods!citygent05/06/2013
Climbed with Alli, Left from Beaminster up Gerrard's hill onto Lewesdon Hill down into Stokes Abbot (and the welcoming New Inn pub) then back to start.Very cold,overcast and windy.Extremely muddy.(7 miles)rickybalboa24/03/2013
A good family walk. The only challenge is finding a place to park, and toting a three year old over the worst of the mud.AlexanderHoward16/02/2013
Climbed with my Dad. It was very muddy and I had to be carried over some of those bits.isabelle summer04/01/2013
Climbed from the North West with my daughter Isabelle. We came off the track to early and ended up wading through brambles and thick rough before reaching the National Trust sign. Summit at the far end. This was a very boggy hill, one for the summer. Views were quite good as without any foliage the trees did not obstruct as they would in the Summer.isabelle04/01/2013
Climbed with Chris, rained LOTSmagirob29/12/2012
Ben and Hannah climbed in reasonable conditions. sunny and not too cold. Quite muddy though.BHMC21/12/2012
Walked from Stoke Abbot via Pilsden Pen.Simon24/10/2012
with wife and kids in a thunder stormmcallmar25/08/2012
Ian Douglas completed for the 2012 Morris Lubricants 'County Top' Challenge for the TCT.morrislube05/08/2012
From Stoke Knap. A lot of mud.Eddie19/07/2012
Top no.10 - 4th top during our holiday in Devon; bagged during our journey back home. Parked at Buck's Head on B3162, then short but steep and quite slippery up and back to the top. Disappointing views as the path and top are surrounded by trees. Rather chilly with showers threatening all the time but it managed to stay dry until I got back to the car. Distance 1.7 miles; climb 533 feet; time 0.6 hoursalan.65to7013/07/2012
W Jenx & mum, from B3164 as Malcorbett. Bluebells very fine, lane wet in places but good going. Summit location clear. Parking limited but room off road as well as lane end. Spring definitely time to do this walk!nordicstar12/05/2012
Parked at 424017 (9:50) and walked up the track, muddy in places to the imposing wooded summit ridge. High point at far end. Weather fine, good views. Car 10:45dbb17/03/2012
climbed as part of a circular 6 mile route. First one with dad and the dog. No-one else around.dianepick29/02/2012
With Lesley. From the B3164 but no close considerate place to park. Part Wessex Ridgeway, back along part of Jubilee Trail then up to Lewesdon Hill.Newton Maximus21/01/2012
cant recall where we parked but walked a number of green lanesstig_nest15/11/2011
B road currently closed so very easy parking on road - surprisingly steep up to topgigglejon05/08/2011
Parked on B3164 SW of Broadwindsor. Up Lewesdon Lane, recently improved, magnificent at bluebell time. Back down S ridge then NW past Brimley Coombe Farm to start, muddy in later part. Lovely sunny day.malcorbett03/05/2011
Me, Meg, Donna, Matrix and PebblesRoland Brooks18/04/2011
Dry, overcast, calm, cool, good views.iangalbraith14/11/2010
Cramped parking near Stoke Knap, then lane leads up into woods. Up through wood on GPS bearing to top of broad ridge in trees.Aye Jimmy03/11/2010
Climbed from lane below Crabb's Hill on a wet day. Steepish walk on muddy paths through woods. Info board shows Lewisdon Hill before summit. Would be great walk on a good day. Couldnt see a thing from the summit clearing due to weather.Argentum6625/08/2010
SN Part of Wessex Ridgewaybenwloudon18/07/2010
Quick nip up and down from the B3162, not bad views.asbown17/11/2009
Followed the Wessex Ridgeway from the WNW. A nice walk and agree this hill is unfairly maligned. No views this day though due to thick mist.Herbert Anchovy06/10/2009
Parked in layby at Bucks Head to the south. Concrete path then track to the right leads then left leads straight to the top which I reckon (and a local walking her dog agreed) is the first point of the ridge you come to. Walked along a bit to make sure.clivevilla09/07/2009
Easy parking at the right angle bend at Bucks Head. Follow concrete road until a gate on your right. Pleasant track goes through the forest to the top.destaylor09/06/2009
From campsite at Bluntshay return via Pilsdon Pen. Excellent weather.Overthehilljill02/05/2009
with Jamievegibagger08/04/2009
Started at Broadwindsor. Hill is very wooded and the summit area is a grassy area with an odd view between the treesChinnockC18/02/2009
4th Top of West Co trip & at last a fine day!! Away early from Ilminster travelodge, and up ancient (If really wet & muddy) Bway by 8.00. I thought Top was really nice, magical clearing & good views (leaves gone). Unfairly malignedmartin & storm18/11/2008
Nice contrast with Pilsdon Pen. Wooded climb up the ridge from B3164 was magical.Isambard19/09/2008
Climbed during a stay at Cheddar Youth Hostel.Man of Kernow113/09/2008
Parked to north of Buck's Head for a northerly journey to summit. Good views from summit after slippery walk through woodland.Dugswell203/06/2008
bagged on the way back from pilsden penjohnfwoolley01/10/2007
A pleasant if muddy track from the Pilsden Pen road through nice beechwoods to an undistinguished grassy summit. Shame the views are not a patch on those from the Historic County Top.signyred21/06/2007
Shame top is so heavily wooded as it restricts what would be great views. Wish Pilsdon Pen was still considered the county top - can someone build me a tumulus...?wheresthepath17/09/2005
Unmarked grassy bump at S end of ridgewebmaster03/08/2005
With: hb sb ab; Parked by Bucks Head on B3162. Walked up farm track and bridleway up Crabb's Hill. Lovely path up through beech woods. Not much view from the top but enjoyable all the same.Ian Baines02/08/2003
With: ib sb ab; Helen Baines02/08/2003
As everyone else as said not a patch on Pilsdon Pen did the two hills on the Hardy Annual organised by the Dorset LDWA a 35 mile walk from Bridportphilhythe11/05/2003
Climbing /bagging week with Darren in Cornwall, Devon and today 6 marilyns across DorsetChris Pearson16/08/2001
Parked just down from Brimley Farm took road to B3162 and then footpath over Crabb?s Hill to summit. Rained heavily on start of descent.garyhoney27/05/2000
fine beech-wooded hill, summit is S end, good tk from S. tk from Bucks Head on B3162 @ 439005 then FP to summit RHW18/09/1999
Solo walk connecting with Pilsdon Pen (which is a nicer top)mikejacobs30/10/1998
On eroded bridal path and short cut over beech covered hillside. Into swamp up to knees - lost 1 boot in a filthy mess- terrifying because so unexpected. Fortified hill top probably high point.arranc25/10/1998
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