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Rawlsbury Camp

Location

Dorset Map

OS Ref: ST 770 058

Last Visited: 2011

The Walls

The Walls

Rawlsbury Camp is a small pear-shaped Iron Age hill fort on a spur of Bulbarrow Hill.

Interestingly, the camp is situated below the summit of the hill, a defensively weak position with superb views.

This just goes to show that, as at Badbury Rings, the walls were more about regulating who came in and out of the site, and advertising its presence.

The 'Cross'

The 'Cross'

On the highest point is a circular seat, around what is described as a 'rough cross'. As, this was the site one of the Armada Beacons and was later used as a hilltop telegraph station during the Napoleonic Wars, it could well be the remains of some sort of signalling device.

It is now in a very dilapidated state, and appears to be on the point of collapse.

Although not technically Open Access land, if you follow the track to the left of the fort it is possible to circumnavigate the walls; a pleasant, if short, walk.