Name:Lewesdon Hill
Hill number:2896
Height:278.6m / 914ft
SMC/RHB Section:41: South Central England
County (CoH):Dorset (CoH)
County (CoA):Dorset (CoA)
Topographical area:ES05 Staple-lewesdon
Catchment:Axe (Seaton), Catchment Boundaries, Brit
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (200-299m), Historic County Top, Current County/UA Top,
Administrative County Top, Clem
Grid ref:ST 43776 01174
Summit feature:grassy mound at east end of ridge
Col:91.4m  ST 3279 0880  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 193
(1:25k) 116
Observations:mound under tree 60m NNW at ST 43758 01234 is as high
Survey:Abney level/Leica RX1250
Comments:Replaces hill 2898 Pilsdon Pen as Dorset County top
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  • Dorset (1974) administrative county top
  • Dorset historic county top
  • Dorset current county/UA top


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From P in Broadwindsor @ ST 4368 0269.summitsup28/06/2024
Hoped to park near Stoke Knapp Farm, but parking here very difficult, so ended up parking about 1km down the road near Lewesdon Farm. Followed road to Stoke Knapp and then ascended Wessex Ridgeway path to the west. Lovely views to north over green rolling countryside. Track narrows to a path. At ST 437014 turned south on easy to follow footpath to the grassy summit plateau. Beautiful deciduous woodland, with sufficient spacing and gaps to allow good views of nearby hills. Dorset was the only historical English county I had not visited, so glad to make it to its modest but lovely high point. Returned same way. Walked solo (Mrs waiting in car!). Weather mostly bright, but with squally showers all day, which I luckily missed during the walk. A lot of rainwater trickling down the Wessex Ridgeway path!jamessteel10020/03/2024
A morning ascent of Dorset's highest point - I'm sure the views are wonderful but today Lewesdon Hill definitely had its head in the clouds!ThomasJoseph12/03/2024
Parked at the road side in Broadwindsor near the junction of Yarn Barton and the B3162. Lovely walk up through the fields and then the beech woods on the summit.islamidget26/09/2023
An easy mile-long walk from the car park in Broadwindsor, with newborn baby in tow. Easy to find the summit. Pleasant views of surrounding countryside through the trees at the top.hillbagger9121/08/2023
Like Beeliner below parked at the school in Broadwindsor and enjoyed coffee, sandwiches and a cinnamon bun at the Wobbly Cottage bakery before ascending on a path through fields and into the beech wood top. Returned the same way. Overcast and low cloud. With Gillian.richard6928/07/2023
With E. On a lovely summer morning we parked outside the school in Broadwindsor and started by having a coffee and freshly baked cinnamon bun at the superb one man bakery in The Old Post Office. Through field paths passing the memorial for The Forgotten Pilot of Lewesdon Hill then onto ridge and Dorset county summit. Returned via Wessex Ridgeway passing Higher Knapp Farm then footpaths passing Honeycombe Farm and along Monarchs Way back into Broadwindsor. A delightful walk and another county top bagged.Beeliner27/06/2023
With Lesley. Lovely blue bells on top plateau.Nick Canute16/05/2023
Parked at the Old Post Office in Broadwindsor. Took path from 439022 through grassy fields followed up onto ridge and to summit, crossing over a very muddy path. To return walked along ridge path down to meet Wessex ridgeway, then along here to meet outgoing path. On return came down fields to village at 435025. Pleasant 2.6 mile loop. Nice picnic spot with cairs and benches opposite Post Office.JulieB24/02/2023
From West Street in Broadwindsor via boggy footpaths. Had tried to park to the East but no spots.KevPalmer09/01/2023
From Broadwindsor via Pilsdon Pencjwilliams31/07/2022
Lewesdon Hill, Hardown Hill, Beacon Batch, and Dundry Down in one daymazz25/02/2022
Muddy footpaths from Bucks Head. Solo.Dangerous Dave08/01/2022
Lewesdon Hill from GR: ST 43953 00501ronaldo33328/10/2021
Lewesdon Hill from GR: ST 43953 00501Hippster28/10/2021
With RobJbratt9514/08/2021
Out and back from Broadwindsor. My First Marilyn! :-)stagger onward01/08/2021
First County Top with my cousin, unfortunately the car broke down for 4 hours before some how being okay again, very stressful but adventurous day.DavidHiner07/06/2021
Parked at the post office and walked up.Stevooo23/04/2021
With Sal from Broadwindsor - nice sunny Autumn day but fields watched. Nice clearing on top.davechaffey02/11/2020
First Marilyn climbed after discovering what Marilyns are... now got to try to work out all the others done in a lifetime of hiking...Punkbagger27/10/2020
With Bevsimon and co19/10/2020
With J during a few days based in Somerset. Had difficulty finding parking on S or E sides of hill, so parked easily near village shop in Broadwindsor. Walked S up the B3162 safely enough & then followed the public footpaths across the fields to meet the Wessex Ridgeway. Up to the summit & then wandered around the top taking in the occasional views through the trees. Lots of tree swings for some reason. Back by the same route & then on to Hardown Hill.NotReallyABagger06/10/2020
Cycled over from Horton near Ilminster up to the ridge at Stoke Knapp Farm. A short walk up the track and then up through the Beech woods to the top - County Top No..4. Views out to the south through the trees to Golden Cap and the English Channel.pclyndes05/09/2020
Rain and thunder on the way up, sunshine on the way down!ParkerP196027/08/2020
1/5 Parked at start of bridleway to S and nipped up and back. V windy, cool showers. Rounsfell27/06/2020
Parked by the church at Stoke Abbot and made along Jubilee Way to the south of Lewesdon Hill. Nice clamber up through beech woods. Thought I had more to do, yet suddenly I was up on the large grass platform of the summit. This is a very pleasant place. Top hump of this trip. Continued to the end and down to join Wessex Ridge Way and then east to Waddon Hill. As others say the landowner of Waddon Hill has gone over the top with the keep out signs. More welcome would be their showing some effort with fitting stiles. I encountered locked gates and electric fences across the right of way on the way to Lewesdon. May be the same people in charge. Hope the county council rights of way officer doing something on this.Pete West22/02/2020
Crewkerne station - Mosterton Down - Conegar Hill - Lewesdon Hill - Waddon Hill - Gerrard's Hill - Beaminster Hill - South Warren Hill - Jack's Hill - Hincknowle Hill - Mangerton Hill - Melplash - bus to Crewkerne.Mark Jackson18/01/2020
From Coombe Lane. Quick bag on way to football at WeymouthLongwojo19/10/2019
From Stoke Abbott to summit and down to Broadwindsor.IanHHill02/10/2019
Having bagged Eggardon hill early I drove to Broadwindsor and parked by the village store. Breakfast pastry purchases before a 10.5 mile walk up to Lewesdon hill before heading back down to pick up bridleway and road to Pilsdon Pen. Heading down to Stoke Abott using roads and Bridle Paths and the Jubilee Way to Stoke Abbott then up to Chartknolle Farm out and back to Gerrard's Hill. Headed back to Broadwindsor via Waddon Hill which is clearly a hill the landowner does not want you to walk up!Buck03/08/2019
Parked to the south of the top, at the entrance to the bridleway. Easy walk up through the trees, well signed.jedthehumanoid26/07/2019
On the way to walk the Cerne Valley Trail. Very early morning quick up & back walk to summit from parking area near courtwood farm.fosal2909/07/2019
With Pete and Bopaulhilder23/06/2019
Managed to squeeze the car in near Stoke Knapp farm to E of hill and followed Lewesdon Hill Lane up to woods at top. Struggled up directly via the NE ridge but returned much more sensibly to the lane via the RoW leading back to the N.Wheelsy15/06/2019
Lovely little climb from Bucks head, nice views from the topJephcote8327/05/2019
The Dorset Invader half marathonTerra Love26/05/2019
Solo. On way home from Motherâs Day. Fidget31/03/2019
Parked in layby at entrance to Brimley Coombe farms. Nice walk to summit area which was site of old hill fort.NormanW11/02/2019
Nice little stroll up from Buck's Head. Great views on the way up, but the actual summit was in cloud so I didn't quite see the appeal of doing my planned circuit round to Waddon Hill and Stoke Abbott...jkl30/12/2018
Walked over from Pilsdon Pen via minor roads and FP to South. Traffic free! Then up steep slope from near Buck's Head. Enjoyable. Onto Waddon Hill next.trimarc220/11/2018
There is parking for three cars immediately to the S of the frontage of Bucks Head and which was in use by local dog walkers.Isbjorn11/11/2018
5/5 Marilyn Day in South Central England. Lewesdon Hill from the B 3351: A great sunset on ascent, then creeping through the dark forest on the way down.silveracorn_alan29/10/2018
Up and back from Buck's HeadFred Windsor09/10/2018
With KatyGeorge Thompson14/09/2018
10k circuit from Broadwindsor over Pilsdon Pen and Lewesdon Hill KeithByTheC11/09/2018
Views are severely restricted by the trees.CMR11407/09/2018
From the south, with my sister who lives locally.Topographer5711/08/2018
Parking on the road was a bit tricky but we found a layby and went up from the South. Was an easy hike through trees with glimpses of the view. The summit was a plateau surrounded by trees. Limited views. Beautiful quiet area. Did with Joe & Tom.fnem05/08/2018