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Name:Hardown Hill
Hill number:2902
Height:207m / 679ft
RHB Section:41: South Central England
County/UA:Dorset (CoU)
Catchment:Minor Rivers only (South)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (200-299m), Clem
Grid ref:SY 40554 94261
Summit feature:no feature on earthen dyke 15m NE of copse
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
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 238 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
From lay-by on A35 next to Moore's Biscuit Bakery opposite Annie's tea shop. West along main road, then up Gibbs Lane to foot path on up to the copse. Proper saturated peat bog. Completed circuit by returning by path down to Ryall Road then by Sun Lane which emerges beside Annie's. Nice saunter around, but the top least pleasing. Bakery better though.Pete West21/02/2020
Parked in a layby East in Ryall. Footpath leads up towards the mast where it meets a track going South towards a small copse. HP in heather just North of this copse.fosal2930/10/2019
From Ryall Road. Quick bag on way to football at WeymouthLongwojo19/10/2019
From CP on Stonebarrow Hill via Morcambelake with K, then back solo via Golden Cap and SW Coast Path.IanHHill02/10/2019
From Layby, pleasant climb to top then a bit of clambering through heather and thistle to get to the high point.Jephcote8327/05/2019
From parking space at the high point of the yellow road to the East. Up some narrow paths then on to earthen dyke to high point.NormanW11/02/2019
Up from North side and down south side.trimarc221/11/2018
Limited parking on grass verge at SY 405947.Isbjorn05/11/2018
Clockwise circuit from Moores biscuit shop on A35. Misty on the hill, making for an inauspicious entry into the Marilyn Hall of Fame. Impoved by a couple of celebratory pints of Palmers in the Anchor Inn at Seatown. KeithByTheC11/09/2018
Really nice hill. Pity about the mist and drizzle.Topographer5711/08/2018
Parked in layby E of summit, just S of Ryall. Easy bag on public footpathsCrib Goch06/05/2018
Circular run from Stonebarrow Hill - Hardown Hill - Golden Cap and back along coast path. Golden Cap is the best hill of the three!twg2706/05/2018
Parked in a small layby to the east of the hill, and took a steep footpath upwards, part of which has been recently strimmed. Unfortunately, the top part could do with the same treatment. This emerges on a track around the summit, but there's a shortcut up a small flinty path. Headed towards the summit through the plantation, and stood on the turf wall. Also visited the highest looking bits of moor below the wall, so I don't have to come back, it's not exactly a great hill.Gill24/01/2018
With K from north. Peasant hill with moorland summit.Ashley17/11/2017
1/8M early am from ryall up steep path to the top.robertphillips07/11/2017
With Val. Parked in layby south of Ryall. Walked along road for short distance then turned left onto ROW and up to access land. Summit not obvious by found it OK. Weather goodmike.hoult06/11/2017
Short walk from up track to summit area copse and dyke following a day in Portland and Lyme RegisN.Morters14/04/2017
Both of usTonyandsue09/04/2017
From Carter's Lane to SETony J18/02/2017
Nice easy short walk from road and layby to south of Ryall. Turning left off road path signposted to right contouring round the summits NE flank. At boundary to Open Access I turned left at path junction then headed straight over heather to summit, though if stay on path for a little longer will pick up vehicle track which heads south taking you more or less to summit on your left. Highest point is on fence line to west of coppice. Wandered around coppice looking for higher natural high point which I reckon is adjacent to highest point on fence line mentioned above.SteveSmith19/12/2016
Start of days walk from Morecombelake, walked up road from village to NT notice board, then took path via mast to the pine wood. Walked around in circles following satnav. Returned to mast and followed path north down to Ryall.Buteobuteo24/11/2016
Circular walk with Golden Cap.tomd403/11/2016
Parked on small lane to East and followed track up towards the common land. Once you are near summit the going is hard with heather and lumpy ground. Takes some working out. Reasonable path to take us North and back in a circle afterwards.nickywood108/09/2016
Parked at 404948 opposite bungalow followed footpath a few tens of metres south up onto National Trust land. Nice hill.rogreeves30/08/2016
With Wendy. From right angle bend on narrow lane to south west - parking for 2 cars if you are lucky. Easy and enjoyable.ijpowell24/07/2016
TD, C and H.This Dog20/07/2016
From east up on path through bracken and gorse which eventually led to track to top. Through trees to earth bank. Good views.PeterD27/06/2016
Fourth of a 4 tump circuit from Symondsbury. Nice heathery top.milimana12/03/2016
Bridport Runnersbenwloudon02/03/2016
As Tim747Bramley14/10/2015
with Holly & LunaBigNick08/10/2015
Quick jog up and down from end of lane on way back from West Bay to Beer on holiday.SS23/08/2015
3/6 Easy walk up by following tracks from the north wonderful viewsFergalh08/07/2015
Parking at 40845 94270, ROW to access land goes to the right of the big red Private Keep out sign!tim74705/06/2015
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