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.

Donate here

 


 

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.

 

Ham Hill Management Plan 2023-2027

If you would like to find out more about the management plan and direction for Ham Hill over the next five years, you can read it by clicking on the link below.

Ham Hill Management Plan 2023-27

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
  • Biodiversity diversity Biodiversity diversity

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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Upcoming Ham Hill Country Park Events

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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 update April 2024

Engagement Ranger, Jasmine Ely, joins the team

We are delighted to introduce Jasmine to the team as our Engagement Ranger.

Jasmine will be delivering the activity plan for the project which includes public events, working with community groups, leading school visits and increasing volunteering opportunities. If you are involved with a community group or school and you would like Jasmine to deliver a bespoke activity or educational session please get in touch with Jasmine direct on jasmine.ely@somerset.gov.uk or call 01935 823617.

 

Volunteers

We are recruiting for volunteers!

Do you have keen eye for spotting bees, or do you know your salad burnet from your scabious? If so then we want to hear from you! Jasmine is looking for some voluntary wildlife surveyors to help record Ham Hill’s fantastic wildlife this spring and summer. We are particularly keen to hear from anyone that has an interest in or knowledge of botany (particularly calcareous grasslands) and bumblebees. You do not have to have any experience but a good eye for identification is key.  We’d also be happy to hear from you if you have a particular interest or knowledge in any other type of wildlife too.

Jasmine is also recruiting for volunteers to assist with public events and activities at Ham Hill over the coming summer months. If you have a passion for nature and the environment and you are keen to enthuse others, we’d love to hear from you! You do not need to commit to any hours, just help when you can.

Get in touch with Jasmine by emailing her on jasmine.ely@somerset.gov.uk or call the Ham Hill office on 01935 823617.

 

Geoff and his team of volunteers are continuing with work on the dry stone wall, as it leaves the fields and goes down into Hedgecock Woods. To celebrate all the work they have done, a new date stone has been set into the wall to memorialise the year in which the wall was rebuilt.

 

                 

 

The volunteers have been helping to clear back scrub from some of the main paths across the site, partly to aid access for visitors but also in preparation of repair works to take place in the spring. The repairs works will be done with machinery so please adhere to ‘footpath closed’ signs and temporary diversions if you visit over the next few months. The work to the footpaths will help to prevent erosion, particularly on the sensitive rampart paths and provide a more durable surfacing for the winter months.

 

                             

Visitor Centre

Work continues to finalise the design to RIBA 4, so that work can start on site later this year.

Interpretation

We are working with our interpretation designers to finalise the stories and themes for the visitor centre and later in April, we will be meeting them on site to look at the waymarking that will be needed to direct our visitors out on site.

Events at Ham Hill

 

 

                      

 

                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                            

 

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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@somerset.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

Check the latest happening at Ham Hill Country Park

Latest News

08
Feb

New Engagement Ranger at Ham Hill

Council welcomes new ranger at Ham Hill thanks to The National Lottery Heritage Fund
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23
Jan

Volunteers celebrate walling accomplishment

The dry stone wall volunteer team at Ham Hill celebrate their achievement!
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18
Sep

New Engagement Ranger Post at Ham Hill!

We have an exciting new post at Ham Hill!
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