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Name:Lewesdon Hill
Hill number:2896
Height:279m / 915ft
Section:41: South Central England
County/UA:Dorset (CoU)
County (CoH):Dorset (CoH)
County (CoA):Dorset (CoA)
Catchment:Axe (Seaton), Doubles, Brit
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (200-299m), Historic County Top, Current County/UA Top,
Administrative County Top
(Ma,Hu,Tu,2,CoH,CoU,CoA)
Grid ref:ST 43776 01174
Summit feature:grassy mound at east end of ridge
Drop:185m
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
Notes:
  • Dorset (1974) administrative county top
  • Dorset historic county top
  • Dorset current county/UA top

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 228 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
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 www.peakunter.com, 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 Pen...my 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. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2o0511y6MlrV2JFNWZ0R0s5TEk/view?usp=sharingM3WDD10/05/2015
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