Festival of Archaeology: Walk

Poundbury Hillfort and The Great Field | Miles King

23 July 2022, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

A delightful family-friendly amble across Poundbury fields to enjoy the natural habitat and extensive views across the landscape

This nature walk will explore the newly created wildflower meadows and other habitats on the Poundbury Great Field, before walking across to the Poundbury Hillfort, to explore the ancient downland turf associated with this Iron Age hill fort. We will also find out about the fascinating history of the area including 19th-century riots and 20th-century prison of war camps.

Meet at the northern end of Duke’s Parade, Poundbury. This walk will take around 2 hours.

Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

The northern end of Dukes Parade,
Poundbury, Dorchester, DT1 3EA


Miles King

Miles King FLS has worked in nature conservation for 35 years, leading the conservation work for three different conservation charities during that time. He is also written several books and a blog on nature and other things that interest him. He’s lived in Dorchester for 20 years and founded People Need Nature in 2015. PNN works to promote the value of nature as a source of inspiration for arts, and the spiritual value of nature (www.peopleneednature.org.uk). Most recently PNN has been working with the Duchy of Cornwall on the Poundbury Nature Project. King has also worked with Dorchester Town Council for 15 years, to restore chalk downland at Maumbury Rings, in the town.

People Need Nature (PNN) exists to promote the value and need for nature in people’s lives.


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