Eggardon Hill

Askerswell, Dorset

A 2,500 year old hillfort with some of the best views anywhere in Dorset

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8.3 miles from Highlands End
10.4 miles from Golden Cap
6.1 miles from Graston Copse
17.8 miles from Sandyholme

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Eggardon Hill is an iron age hillfort dating back over 2,500 years. At 825 feet above sea level, the hill offers some of the best views in Dorset and indeed some of the best from any hillfort in the country. It’s a great place for walking, seeing wildlife, flying kites and taking in the views over the countryside and coast.

The drive up to Eggardon Hill is an experience in itself, with the lane from the village of Askerswell, running up and along the ridge with great views in each direction. There are two bronze age barrows within the iron age fort, as well as more modern remains. The southern part is owned by the National Trust, which permits free public access, while the northern half is privately owned. Notorious smuggler Isaac Gulliver was said to have planted pine trees on Eggardon Hill to provide navigation for his ships as they approached the Dorset coast.

Dogs are welcome but please be aware of the livestock grazing. There is parking available on the roadside and it is a 200 to 300 metre walk to the hilltop and from there you can enjoy a circular walk. There are nice village pubs for refreshments within a few miles, with the Spyway Inn at Askerswell, the Marquis or Lorne at Netherbury and the Three Horseshoes Inn at Powerstock.

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Our parks have been recognised as some of the best in Dorset. We're extremely proud of the awards and it's easy to see why our guests return year on year. You can be safe in the knowledge that you're staying at one of the best parks in the county! Please note awards vary by Park.

What our guests say

  • Very peaceful Park

    The wildlife is stunning, we were visited by the ducks on a regular basis which was lovely. Our visit was very enjoyable and we will definitely be back in the future!

    Sarah W - Pitch Up

  • 5 out of 5 isn't enough!

    This is simply our favorite touring park along the south coast. The location couldn't be better with views to die for and an abundance of fresh sea air. The park is spic and span and extremely well kept with very friendly staff.

    Big Caravan Adventures - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • Best holiday ever!

    This is by far the best Holiday Park I have been to. The views are breath taking with easy access to the beach and nice coastal walks to West Bay. If you're looking for a relaxing holiday in a stunning location, then this is the place to come.

    Alison D - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • Fantastic holiday once again

    We have been coming here now every year for about 10 years. Its our favourite place and the Park has everything we need.

    Andy M - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • A little bit of heaven!

    Golden Cap is a little bit of heaven. The views are awesome, right next to the sea. It's all relaxed and low key just how we like it.

    Esther Woodhouse - Facebook
    Golden Cap

  • Idyllic setting

    Quiet site in a beautiful setting with exceptionally clean toilets and showers

    Anthony M - Pitch Up
    Graston Copse

  • Would definitely recommend

    Close to beach, a nice local pub, dog friendly and a very relaxed atmosphere.

    Dan M - Pitch Up
    Golden Cap

  • A tour of Dorset!

    An excellent Park as a base to visit the Dorset coast, Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach, Lyme Regis, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, to name a few.

    Arthur D - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse

  • Fantastic Park

    10 out of 10 is not enough for this Holiday Park. We have been here 3 times and we love it more and more every time. The park has all you need, with some pitches overlooking the sea and a great restaurant.

    Shirley Thompson - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • A hidden gem

    The location is amazing, right on the beach and all the facilities are good. It's a hidden gem this one, one of the best parks in the country

    Mark Tee - Tripadvisor
    Golden Cap

  • Lovely tranquil campsite

    The location was great as we could easily walk to the village or local beaches through the beautiful countryside. I would recommend this campsite to families for a peaceful and safe stay.

    Sarah - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse