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Name:Black Down
Hill number:18019
Height:242m / 794ft
Parent (Ma):2896  Lewesdon Hill
RHB Section:41: South Central England
County/UA:Dorset (CoU)
Catchment:Piddle & Frome, Catchment Boundaries
Class:Tump (200-299m), Clem
(Tu,2,Cm)
Grid ref:SY611876 (est)
Drop:78m
Col:164m  SY577904  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 194
(1:25k) OL15W
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 65 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
SteveG12/03/2020
The Maise12/03/2020
amblemark10/10/2019
With Jo, along SDR from Smitten Corner on a dull, windy late afternoon.amblerbob24/09/2019
Utilising the monument ca Park we spent a fantastic 90 minutes around the top including a trip to the monument too Great views all aroundChinnockC15/09/2019
Parked at the lower car park to the west and wandered up. Saw a stag and 3 female roe deer and a fantastic sunsetekm14/09/2019
GaryJones29/07/2019
Parked at 61147 87655 and went to the monument (Notable Dewey) and the top on the other side of the road in the gorse.clivevilla26/03/2019
Confusingly the monument is to Thomas Hardy, NelsonĒs Vice Admiral and not the famous author of the same name who is also big in Dorset. Vice Admiral Hardy must have been bold ( hardy!?) leading the previously untried perpendicular attack at Nelsonís command on Victory at Trafalger to cut through the French / Spanish fleet , leaving themselves vulnerable to canon fire for 40 minutes, before they could fire back. Alternative heathland scrub summit now strimmed so easy to access, just donít fall down the fenced offf sinkhole (doline) where underground chalk has dissolved away causing capping gravels to fall in. Also had a look at the nearby Valley of Stones - billed as Britainís finest sarsen train (line of moved rocks). I was impressed by the neat comet like shape - and could imagine the sandstone rocks (that once overlaid the chalk) rafting downslope on fluid soil as the permafrost began to melt after the ice age, but where are all the other rocks? As so often more questions...Chris Pearson10/03/2019
Visited on the Doddle West Eventfosal2921/10/2018
Tumulus near monument seems to be highest point, so didn't go across road and fight through brambles, gorse and cattle to visit possible alternative summit KeithByTheC14/09/2018
Richard Gunn16/05/2018
salen07/05/2018
Accidental bag. Drove up to visit Hardy monument and realised this had to be at least P30. Visited both high points - heathery one involved negotiating a new 3 strand barbed wire fence. Point adjacent to monument higher in my view.Crib Goch06/05/2018
Park in a small layby CP shuts at 4:30 outstanding monumentTony Hartry07/09/2017
Mark Sims05/07/2017
On a solo walk from the bus stop north of Long Bredy, via Kingston Russell stone circle, Grey Mare & Colts, Hampton Down stone circle, The Hellstone and then up here. Much of the route was horribly muddy, making progress much slower than it should have been. The South Dorset Ridgeway between the Hellstone and the bottom of this hill was particularly awful, deep liquid mud in places. But worth it for the nice views and plethora of prehistoric sites visited on the way. From here headed north to Winterbourne Abbas for a final stone circle and bus trip back to Dorchester.thesweetcheat16/02/2017
Sainesy17/08/2016
Visited monument which is supposedly built on the highest point. HP across road in gorse and heather.PeterD25/06/2016
From the roadside, visiting both the monument and the heathland across the roadMariana Trench30/05/2016
Short walk from Hardy Monument. HP in gorse, fern, heather, briar. Not pleasant.jonglew09/12/2015
AlanD26/08/2015
on tandem tour to Land's EndTeasyChris28/05/2015
Fifth tump of the day on cloud and with attendant Hardy monumentvegibagger28/03/2015
Bagged with Alex and Smudge.Dugswell227/03/2015
Revisit from Dugswell's chariot.Smudge27/03/2015
Alan Caine27/03/2015
Alex C27/03/2015
DanKanaris08/10/2014
LydiaB08/10/2014
Passing visit to the monument on way home from camping weekend near Weymouth.Herbert Anchovy24/08/2014
Xan24/08/2014
Chimp24/08/2014
M424/08/2014
Dorchester to Abbotsbury. Tumulus over the road to NW of the monument (comemorating the kissing seafarer not the novelist) looks to be HP - a bit nettley at this time of year.Smudge05/07/2014
Large spacious hard surfaced car park servicing the monument to the Hardy of Kiss me Hardy, but barriered off as the owner, the ice cream man, was not present! Can park in a rough space on the bend in the road from where the summit is about 30 seconds away.moorsman02/07/2014
raymondwilkes30/05/2014
pwatson198016/02/2014
I first came here as a boy in the 70's on a family holiday - great place with amazing views - there is a charge for parking here - not sure if it's official of just some Hippies being enterprising!! - i didn't pay! - Impressive monument to Thomas Hardy - amazing views all around.griefmiester29/08/2013
During visit to Hardy Monument just across the road.citygent09/06/2013
phil10123/09/2012
We couldnít park on the spacious car park built specifically for visitors to Hardy Monument as the barrier was locked. Managed to park directly below the monument on the rough roadside verge at SY 61258 87651. Highest point is tumulus 15m east of monument at SY 61319 87601.David Gradwell05/04/2012
artificial barrows by tower. nice hilly area.Adrian29/01/2012
stevent080919/06/2011
BrianMatthews27/04/2011
Parked here on a circular walk along South Dorset Ridgeway to West Bexington then along coast path to Abbotsbury & back northphilhythe20/03/2011
Dusty03/11/2010
Bagged during the excellent LDWA Chesil Challenge event. Ice cream from van in car parkHillsidenick10/05/2009
Jacqdaw10/05/2009
kaizerlard20/10/2008