Dumpdon Hillfort, managed by the National Trust, sits on one of the largest and most striking hills in the beautiful Otter Valley. The climb up the hill is well worth the effort. You’ll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding area and a wide grassy area – great for picnics.
Dumpton and the nearby beech woodland has long maintained an aura of mystery. Legend has it that there is a tunnel from Marwood House to the Dumpdon Hillfort’s summit!
Long horn cattle are often grazed on the hillside. They help manage the land and increase biodiversity. Don’t be put off by their large horns – they’re not aggressive animals – but do keep your dog on a lead nevertheless.
Start the climb from one of the two small car parks (please be mindful of limited space for others when you park) and then wend your way up the slope to the top.
Why not take a yomp up there with your family? It’s a fabulous place for a little challenge!
There are only a few parking spaces at this site, so please park your vehicle with this in mind.
Other hillforts are available! A few miles west, Hembury Hillfort has magnificent woodland, earthworks which are simply huge, and spectacular views out to sea.
Walks and rides
A longer walk to Dumpdon takes in the River Otter and some of the nearby countryside.
There is also a cycle route which takes in a visit to Dumpdon Hillfort.
Download our hillforts activity sheet [pdf] suitable for adults and children.