I was first introduced to Dumpdon Hill Fort by fellow local blogger Clare from Flip Flops or Wellies. We enjoyed a dog walk and a chat back in the summer and I resolved to bring the family back to enjoy the far reaching views and sense of space.
Protected and managed by the National Trust, the hill fort is free to visit, with free car parking available. The site is reached via narrow lanes that head steeply up from the A30. Whilst it is bit far from Honiton, it can feel like you’re getting lost, so a map is helpful.
There is an information board in the car park that shows how the main paths cross the hill Fort, but if you want to head straight for the top you can do so from the track leading away from the cars.
There is an Ordnance Survey trig point at the top, from where you can enjoy almost 365° views across East Devon and beyond. It is really breathtaking!
There are large open areas for running around and kit flying or picnicking, plus small wooded areas for exploring and tree climbing.
The ancient history and significance of the site along with its high vantage points help you feel very far from the world below! We enjoyed spotting tiny cars on the A30 and working out places we knew from landmarks.
It’s a step run (or roll!) back down to the car park. The newly opened cafe and ice cream parlour in Monkton offers a good spot for an after walk treat.