Visiting Badbury Rings

Badbury Rings is located in Dorset, a National Trust owned area that is perfect for long walks. We popped down on a very windy yet sunny day to see how it had changed from when I was young. I remember visiting years ago, but it looked a lot different now and more overgrown with a back to nature feel about it.

There’s nothing to see as such at Badbury Rings, an Iron Age hill fort which was essentially a settlement dating back to around 800BC. The site is used today as grazing land but despite seeing signs that cattle were grazing, we didn’t spot any and Lola was able to run freely off the lead for ages.

Badbury Rings


Sometimes children don’t need anything but some open space to run around in and explore. We only took ourselves and a ball for Lola to chase after and we took a tired child and tired dog back to the car a couple of hours later.

Miss A found trees to explore, long grass, statues and stunning views that we could see for miles when we walked to the top of the rings at their highest points.

Badbury Rings


You could spend hours wandering around and exploring, but weirdly enough you seem to migrate round in a circle following the rings and we often ended up in a place we had been before, The car park is free to park in with a suggestion of £1 donation for the National Trust to maintain the area which I think is more than reasonable.

Whatever the weather, it’s best to be prepared. I recommend the Trespass Numbered Ladies jacket  for ladies as it’s lightweight, yet keeps you dry. For the Gentlemen, Hubby is a fan of the Dickies 3 in 1 jacket as you can wear it with or without its inner fleece lining.




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