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Name:Barbury Down
Hill number:18361
Height:268m / 879ft
Parent (Ma):2906  Walbury Hill
RHB Section:39: Central and Eastern England
County/UA:Swindon (UA)
Class:Tump (200-299m)
Grid ref:SU 15503 76134
Summit feature:ground by gate
Col:231m  SU145763  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 173
(1:25k) 157 169
Observations:embankments of Barbury Castle are of similar height
Survey:Abney level
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 82 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
From the car park, and after a wee at the PC we passed this top on the way to the Fantastic Barbury castle hill fort. Took photo on way back just to show I've been there.ChinnockC01/06/2019
Short walk from car park to embankmentBramley20/05/2019
Chiseldon - Liddington Castle - Liddington Hill - Coombe Down - Barbury Down - Hackpen Hill - ChiseldonMark Jackson06/04/2019
Car park deserted Saturday evening. Took reading on banking just left of gate beyond toilet block.Aye Jimmy06/04/2019
Day 1 of The Ridgeway with LikPaul_142_uk16/03/2019
2nd top of 6 on a walk from Berwick Bassett to Hinton Parva with Lesley on Stage 2 of our Ridgeway walk. I climbed Hackpen Hill then we both walked over the fort ramparts before continuing to the gate/toilet blocks where i wandered around making sure. We continued on the Ridgeway, heading for Coombe Down..Dazingdale23/09/2018
Solo. You walk over the summit on the way to the fort without realising, especially today in dense mist!Dangerous Dave19/02/2018
Only 60 mts from large car park. Some strange behaviour apparently going on at the toilets!Campbell Singer23/12/2017
Very short walk from the car park.Barbara Singer23/12/2017
From the car park.Chris Peart15/10/2017
Ridgeway 40mickdavidson06/05/2017
Came here after a nearby orienteering event. Walked from the carpark to the castle, which is quite impressive. The ramparts are possibly the highest point but there are other candidates.JohnW30/04/2017
Quick rush round Chippenham from sister Tania s house and east along the M4 for this one and Coombe Downvegibagger18/04/2017
Short walk to summit from car park.Dugswell207/03/2017
A flat topped hill. Large car park is on the natural high point and is essentially level. Gates at each end of the Ridgeway track being on the ridgeline and unable to differentiate in height by Abney. 2m high bank at NW end of car park is manmade but the highest ground in the area. Top of Barbury Castle embankments are of similar height to the car park. Great day of ble skies, calm and sunshine.RichardM18/01/2017
Swindon round via the 'ridgeway 3'.Moorponder07/11/2016
8.5 mile walk from Walk 25 Ordnance survey pathfinder series Somerset, Wiltshire and the Mendips Barbury castle and Ogbourne St Andrew with Mike.Suzyj01/05/2016
With Paul on a Wessex Ridgeway walk. Wandered all around the toilet block. Great Hill Fort wonderful views.mick05/04/2016
With Wendyijpowell02/10/2015
Made good use of ice-cream van in car parkGordonAdshead08/08/2015
Short walk from car parkRamblingpaul03/08/2015
En route from carpark to the fort.Herbert Anchovy04/06/2015
From car park and took in castle and views whilst there.PeterD30/05/2015
2/3 Again quick walk up from car park impressive hill fortFergalh28/04/2015
'Climbed' ( we parked in the Barbury Castle car park ) & then did Smeathe's Ridge - Ogbourne St George - Gypsy LaneDanMaisieBex25/04/2015
My 200th Dewey Notable. Morning rain stopped early despite web forecast so snatched a dry 3 mile ramble in wellies from Hackpen Hill car park along an unmuddy as it turned out Ridgeway (Britain's oldest road?).This section is a byway and as the signs indicate can be driven for recreation 1st May to 30 Sept. (presumably to try to prevent a mudbath on one of Britain's Long Distance footpaths when winter rains and 4x4's meet). A reconstruction of an Iron Age roundhouse was built on the site in 2006 but was destroyed by vandals in October 2008 which I guess is history repeating itself.Chris Pearson16/02/2015
Bagged the summit whilst completing a geocache associated with the fort.CornishGazza09/11/2014
With Jo, whilst walking along The Ridgeway from Barbury Castle to Overton Hill. Weather; sunny, warm, good visibility.amblerbob13/06/2014
Passed over the top on the Ridgeway 40ml walk from Avebury to Streatleyphilhythe10/05/2014
After Coombe Down, flat top, probably on the Ridgeway.rhalstead08/12/2013
Walked from hackpen hill via the ridgeway.The hillfort gives lovely views back to hackpen hill. Followed the footpath through the field to the car park.The highest point my be near the gate or toilets but just have a good walk around some lovely views over to liddington hill.hodder04/11/2013
SU 15521 76146 w bank; SU 15619 76123 2m bank. V flat with no obvious HP.RHW08/12/2012
Also a Dewey's notable hill.clivevilla24/08/2012
Walking the Ridgeway from Avebury to GoringPete West12/04/2012
Car park packed.Adrian09/04/2011
Bagged on way back to Ogbourne St.George along with Hackpen Hill.DanTrig11/12/2010
On Ridgeway Long Distance Pathnickywood127/12/2009
Ridgeway from Ogbourne St George to Aveburyrjf3516/05/2009
Passed over this tump en-route from Liddington Castle to Avebury.jonglew11/01/2009
Done many timesfnem30/01/2003
Have walked to Barbury Castle/Hill over 100 times, often from home in Swindon. As far as I can tell from my records this is the earliest time. There is a good free car park near the top for those wanting a shorter walk. Unfortunately the old cafe has now burnt down.Hillsidenick29/05/1999
On Ridgeway with Patricia.arranc12/09/1992
Approx dateMM30/07/1992
Andy West20/06/2020
Alan Caine28/03/2019