This 114 hectare site adopts the high ground between the coast and the countryside with stunning views of both.
Blackdown is an ex Forestry Commission site owned and managed by Dorset Council's Ranger Team. There is great habitat variation across the site with acid grassland, mixed forestry and lowland heath. The ecological variation also comes from the different slope aspects. The warm southern facing slopes are home to various reptiles including the Common Lizard, with the wet north facing ones being home to many species of mosses and lichens.
Visitors are now able to park at our car park on the western approach and walk across the newly laid footpaths leading to Hardy Monument, the woodlands or up to the grassland which boasts some of the best views of the Jurassic Coast in the area.
The area is well connected to local rights of way including the South Dorset Ridgeway National Trail.
|Nearest Town||Dorchester (6 miles)|
|Look out for||
Our resident Belted Galloway rare breed cattle as well as Bilberry, Sessile Oak, Roe Deer, Common Lizards, Stonechats, Buzzards, Willow Warblers and Long Tailed Tits
|Habitats||Acid grassland, remnant heath, mixed woodland and forestry plantation|
|Grid reference||SY 611 876|
|Parking||On the site (restricted width of 2.2 metres)|
|Accessibility||Public footpaths, public bridleways, circular walks, permissive footpaths|
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|Managed by||Dorset Council (Area Greenspace Management Team - West)|
|How to get there||Located 6 miles west of Dorchester. Follow the signs to Winterbourne St Martin (Martinstown) and travel west through the village, follow signs for Portesham/Hardy Monument. Cross a cattle grid and pass the monument on your left. After crossing the second cattle grid our car park is well signed and located on the right hand side.|