Chaldon Hill

Chaldon Hill, also called Chaldon Down, is one of the highest hills, 178 metres (584 ft), on South Dorset's Jurassic Coast in England. The summit is about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) west of Durdle Door.

Chaldon Hill
The old navigation beacon on Chaldon Down, looking east towards Lulworth Cove
Highest point
Elevation178 m (584 ft)[1]
Prominence90 m (300 ft)[1]
Parent peakLewesdon Hill [1]
Coordinates50°37′50″N 2°18′29″W
Geography
LocationDorset, England
Parent rangeSouth Dorset Downs
OS gridSY783813
Topo mapOS Landranger 194

A bridleway crosses the hill just below the summit, whilst the South West Coast Path makes its way down the steep hillside to the beach heading for Durdle Door. At the summit is a tumulus and trig point. There are navigation beacons about 200 metres (220 yd) to the southeast. The hill is flanked by two coastal headlands: White Nothe and Bat's Head.[2]

History

There is abundant evidence of prehistoric settlement in the area: tumuli to the southwest and east, a field system and earthwork to the northeast and two named barrows to the east: Wardstone and Bush Barrows. There is evidence of another field system on the steep coastal hillside.[2]

References

  1. Summit Listings by Relative Height by Jonathan de Ferranti. Accessed on 27 Mar 2013.
  2. Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 Landranger series, no. 194
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