Ham Hill Country Park

Overview

Ham Hill is a stunning wildlife haven centred around an Iron Age hillfort, offering fantastic opportunities for scenic dog walks, walking, running, playing and wildlife watching with far reaching views across Somerset. Superb accessible walking route with great views. 

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Secret Stories mobile app trail 

Download and follow 'Ham Hill's Pits of Peril and Rampaging Romans' trail through the Secret Stories app, which takes you on an adventure learning about some of Ham Hill’s fascinating history. From prehistoric to modern day wildlife and everything in between! There are quizzes and activities along the way to keep everyone entertained. The trail starts at the Rangers Centre TA14 6RW, and is roughly 1.5 hours long. Suitable for kids 4-10 years old, but is also fun for the whole family! Download on the links below.

Secret Stories Apple Download     

Secret Stories Android Download

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Donate to make difference: 

If you have enjoyed a visit to Ham Hill and would like to contribute to help look after the special wildlife and heritage, please use the donate button to give a donation of your choosing. Your contribution will go towards projects such as tree planting, improving the grasslands for plants and pollinators, providing dormouse boxes and heritage preservation works on this historic hill fort.

Thank you, your contributions really do make a difference.

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Ham Hill National Lottery Heritage Fund project

Visit our new 'Projects' section below to find out more about the National Lottery Heritage Funded project at Ham Hill; 'Uncovering Ham Hill's past for its future'.

Keep up to date with all of the latest news as the project progresses and have your say by sending us your comments and filling in the visitor survey.

Features

  • Parking On-Site Parking On-Site
  • Cafe/ Restaurant Cafe/ Restaurant
  • Family friendly Family friendly
  • Dogs Welcome Dogs Welcome
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Free Entry Free Entry
  • Open All Year Open All Year
  • Picnic Area Picnic Area
  • Partial Disabled Access Partial Disabled Access
  • Play Park Play Park

Contact Details

Ham Hill Country Park, Ham Hill Rangers Office, Ham Hill Road , Stoke sub Hamdon, Somerset, United Kingdom, TA14 6RW

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All you need to know to enjoy your visit

Visitor Information

Leaflets, Maps & Information

Free Downloads

Ham Hill Country Park Leaflet

A handy overview and information about Ham Hill.

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Ham Hill Easy Access Trail

Accessibility Trail for Ham Hill Country Park

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Ham Hill Geology Trail

Discover the fascinating geology that Ham Hill has to offer in this Geological SSSI and Local Geology Site

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Ham Hill Roman Treasure Trail

A family trail exploring Ham Hill

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Take a look at our Projects

Projects

'Uncovering Ham Hill's past for its future'

 

 

Ham Hill National Lottery Heritage Fund project 

 

 

As the National Lottery Heritage Fund project, ‘Uncovering Ham Hill’s past for its future’, progresses, the countryside team at Ham Hill are delighted to share their initial concepts of the £1.6 million project. 

 

Ham Hill is an Iron Age hillfort with Scheduled Monument status and is one of the largest in Europe. With amazing views, a wealth of history and an abundance of diverse wildlife it attracts visitors from many miles away, as well as being a popular destination for local families, dog walkers, historians, wildlife enthusiasts, runners and more. 

 

However, the popularity of the site comes at a cost. The wildlife is more disturbed and the footpaths are eroding, damaging the ancient ramparts beneath. In 2019, Historic England listed Ham Hill on its ‘At Risk’ register, meaning that the archaeological features that define the site are in danger of being damaged beyond repair. Littering and dog fouling are another problem that the small ranger team have to contend with every day. 

 

Some of the facilities and infrastructure at Ham Hill dates from 1975 when the site was one of the first to be designated as a County Park. Whilst it has grown in popularity since that time, the team haven’t had the resources to properly address the lack of information about the site and lack of visitor facilities that could have the potential to enhance a visit. Better paths and way marking will help more people explore with a smaller impact on the site.

 

The National Lottery Heritage Fund supported project, ‘Uncovering Ham Hill’s Past for its Future’, seeks to reverse these declines and make the site better for visitors, improve habitats for wildlife, conserve archaeological features and increase volunteer and staff numbers. 

 

Timescale of project

May 2022; Submit Delivery Stage application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund

May 2022; Submit planning permission, scheduled monument consent & ensure all other permissions are in place or applied for.

September 2022; Outcome of Delivery Stage application

October 2022; If we are successful the grant funding will be released and the project will start.

The project details

Please click on the link below to view the project information panels that cover all of the aspects of the project that we wish to achieve.

Ham Hill National Lottery Heritage Fund Proposals

Your thoughts

We would love to know your thoughts on the proposals. If you have any comments you would like to make or just to let us know what it is you love about Ham Hill now, please email us your comments by using the links below.

Feedback or questions on the Ham Hill Heritage Fund project

Children's activities

Each day there will also be free drop in children’s activities run by our Community Heritage Officer at the Wildwood Play Zone on Ham Hill. Join Edd anytime between 9.30am and 1pm to toast marshmallows and make your own clay pot. You will find the play zone at the bottom of the steps in front of the pub. 

For more details, see our 'Upcoming events' section above.

Check out to see if you can help

Volunteering

Practical conservation volunteers

There is one volunteering day at Ham Hill which is on a Wednesday. Tasks include scrub clearance, path maintenance, hedge-laying, drystone walling, coppicing, removal of invasive species and fencing.  You do not need to have any experience to join in, just a willingness to get involved and a passion for nature.

Volunteer tasks are physical in nature and you will need a fair level of fitness.

If you would like to join the volunteers please contact ranger Paul McNeill at countryside@southsomerset.gov.uk or on 07973 887 129 to check if there are places available.

 

 

Find out more about group visits

Groups

Our Community Heritage Officer, Edd Chilcott, can offer a variety of activities or events for your group. If you are interested in any of the activities below, please contact Edd by email. 

Contact Edd Chilcott

Community Groups

We can offer bespoke guided walks or activities led by our rangers at Ham Hill for your community group (scouts, guides, brownies, U3A etc.) 

Schools

We can deliver curriculum focused sessions based at Ham Hill or in your school grounds, depending on your preference.

Birthday Parties

We can offer a bespoke birthday party for your children and their friends at Ham Hill.  You can choose a theme for your party such as wildlife, horrible history or bushcraft.

External group events

If you are an external organisation that wishes to host your event at Ham Hill please contact us.

There may be a charge to host your event, but all charitable events are free. We will need to see a copy of your risk assessment, public liability insurance and an application form must be completed below: 

Event Form

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