This 3.4 mile (5.5km) circular walk visits the ancient hill forts of Lamberts Castle and Coney’s Castle. The route includes a section of the Wessex Ridgeway Trail along a quiet country lane, which in the main has wide verges but in parts is narrow and not devoid of traffic.
3.4 miles / 5.5 km
1 – 1.5 hours
This walk starts from a small National Trust car park at Lambert’s Castle (Grid Ref: SY365987).
Leave the car park and go through the gate to enter the open access land and follow a path east running parallel with the tree line to reach the Iron Age hill fort of Lambert’s Castle (Grid Ref: SY370988). The route now joins the Wessex Ridgeway trail and heads south through the access land to reach a minor road at a grassy triangle (Grid Ref: SY370982). Continue for 60 metres to reach a crossroads.
The route leaves the road to a track, Combe Drain, heading south. Stay on this track for 1.6km to reach a minor road (Grid Ref: SY372968). Turn left and follow the road, Long Lane, it is part of the Wessex Ridgeway and a quiet country lane which in the main has wide verges but in parts is narrow and not devoid of traffic.
The road ascends steadily to reach Coney’s Castle hill fort, at a path on the right (Grid Ref: SY371973) leave the road and follow the path as it heads north through the hill fort. The path rejoins Long lane and continues to head north on the route of the Wessex Ridgeway.
After 600 metres the road reaches the crossroads by Combe Drain. From here retrace the route to Lambert’s Castle by heading north and taking the way marked footpath besides the grassy triangle in the road. Back on the access land of Lambert’s Castle there is a network of paths on the left which head west to reach the gate besides the car park.
There are no public toilets.
To follow our walk you will need Ordnance Survey Outdoor Explorer Map 116 – Lyme Regis & Bridport.
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