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Name:Ballard Down
Hill number:18179
Height:162m / 531ft
Parent (Ma):2903  Nine Barrow Down
RHB Section:41: South Central England
County/UA:Dorset (CoU)
Catchment:Minor Rivers only (South)
Class:Tump (100-199m)
Grid ref:SZ 02515 81266
Summit feature:no feature
Col:97m  SZ020816  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 195
(1:25k) OL15E
Observations:ground 15m SSW at SZ 02508 81253 is as high; ground by gatepost 20m S at SZ 02520 81248 is a few cm lower
Survey:Abney level
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 76 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Parked in a large layby on Ulwell Road to the SW. Walked up Nine Barrow Down first then straight over to Ballard Down.fosal2930/12/2019
Kingston - Swyre Head - Ridgeway Hill - Creech Barrow Hill - Knowle Hill - Corfe Castle - Nine Barrow Down - Ballard Down - Swanage.Mark Jackson21/09/2019
Beautiful walk back to Corfe after train to Swanageejjohnstone17/09/2019
A lovely walk from the chain ferryBizBoff01/08/2019
Reascent. Hot sunny easter Sunday walk from boat moored in Swanage bay, awaiting wind and tide to Needles. Also looked down on Winebottle tump challenge. Hp near gate. Trig quite separateDenise 21/04/2019
Along the Down in very fine Easter weather having been to have a look at The Pinnacle - a worth while challenge but not for today.RichardM21/04/2019
Visited on return route of SWCP Swanage to Studland walk.rhalstead03/02/2019
Dawn walk from layby to the SWvegibagger15/02/2018
Old Harry Walk.stephenbuda14/09/2017
Parked on minor road to NW around SZ 01957 81622 then up bridleway to obelisk then summit then along to Ballard Down trig. The ridge has a good few bench marks to bag.Dugswell230/10/2016
From Studland via direct FPtrimarc226/10/2016
From Nine Barrow Down.bevandy11408/09/2016
TD & CThis Dog17/07/2016
From our school adventure week camp at Swanage (which became Glastonbury -like with thick mud in heavy rain) - I rose early at 5.15 am for a lovely sunny pre-breakfast ascent. This area must feature in every geography text book with the hard chalk ridge of Ballard Down leading to the jutting headland and stacks of Old Harry, then south is the softer Wealden clays and sands being eroded into Swanage Bay (I passed a clay brickworks on my walk) then south is the parallel band of harder Portland Limestone jutting out into Durlston Head. Great views. Pity our camp was on the saturated sticky clay and not the porous chalk from where Swanage gets its drinking water from underground -as commemorated by the obelisk.Chris Pearson29/06/2016
From Nine Barrow Down, past Obelisk to HP. Good views.PeterD26/06/2016
Parked at SZ 02053 80992 in a layby, short walk up onto the ridge by an Obelisk followed the ridge out to Ballard Down Trig Point then retraced my steps back to the actual summit of Balled Down. Summit is by the corner of a hedge and gate. Then back down to the road and followed the footpath to the radio mast, difficult to find summit of Coringdon down now the Trig Pillar is missingTony Hartry17/03/2016
From nw. Hummocky level summit area with no clear frontrunner. Previously visited trig pillar but via different route and there's a trig (surface block) just east of summitRHW03/10/2015
Bypassed on the lower path 5 years ago, so had to re-visit. Parking near Ulwell Farm on a loop off the road. Re-visited toppled Coringdon trig pillar first then doubled back, crossed minor road taking direct footpath, marked as 'no footpath', up onto Ballard Down. HP at gated field boundary.jonglew10/07/2015
With Mrs Anchovy in spring sunshine during a weekend stay at Swanage. Space to park at SZ019816. Walked along the ridge as far as Old Harry Rocks.Herbert Anchovy16/05/2015
Climbed up from Studland, taking in Old Harry Rocks.DanMaisieBex20/04/2015
Parked in a large lay-by in Ulwell. Bagged Nine Barrow Down first, then Ballard Down. Good views to The Needles and the Isle of Wight.Sprog04/04/2015
Parked off road at end of track to NW. Good track good stroll. Great views.destaylor29/12/2014
Stiff pull up umpteen steps from Layby in Ulwell. Fine views across Studland to Poole Harbour & Bournemouth.citygent10/06/2014
Part of the classic Purbeck Plod have been walking this route since June 1999. A checkpoint is in a layby at Ulwell on the 26ml route you then go straight back up to the oblesik & over Ballard Down the walk from Corfe has to be one of the best ridge walks in the south of englandphilhythe30/06/2013
En route from Old Harry Rocks to Corfe Castle.summitsup25/04/2012
From large car park in Studland at SZ 03746 82535. Followed the coastal path as Mark. From the summit of Ballard down we retraced our steps to SZ 03345 81292 and took bridleway back to Studland. A fantastic coastal walk.David Gradwell04/04/2012
nice views, typical chalk upland.Adrian20/08/2011
Week away with friends from church - parked at Studland, then walk past Old Harry and Ballard Point. Ran off up to Ballard Down saying I wanted to look at the obelisk! Lovely down.Mark Jackson30/06/2011
Continuation from Corfe and Barrowdown w Jenx, jogged down to Studland afterwardsnordicstar26/06/2010
Walk on my own past Old Harry Rocks and over downs. Lovely day, nice spot.fnem08/06/2008
Walked along ridge from Corfe Castle, also took Nine Barrow Down(Godlingston Hill).DanTrig03/08/2006
On the same fieldtrip as Nine Barrow Down, but on a day with better weather! Date is an estimate, I can barely remember the 1990s without a lot of visual prompts.DanHolme30/04/1995
Rempstone Relay (a relay race from Old Harry Rocks to Rempstone Farm), leg 3 (of 6). Actually I ran the whole course that year.Hippo30/08/1984
with Nine Barrow Down(qv)pwheeler10/08/1980
Went on an early morning walk to the summit whilst on a geography fieldweek based in Studland.moorsman05/07/1972
Steve Q10/06/2018
andrew brown19/08/2017
Tony S09/04/2017
Lorna S09/04/2017