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. 

Film credit: Warner Vision

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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 December 2023

New tramper

The rangers have recently taken delivery of a new tramper, an off-road mobility vehicle, which will help less-mobile visitors to explore Ham Hill. We have had a tramper at Ham Hill for many years, but with external funding, we were able to upgrade and purchase a new one. The tramper will be available to hire from the spring, once we have defined the appropriate routes for visitors to follow. The old tramper has been donated to Carymore Environmental Centre, to make their site more accessible for their visitors.

 

 

With the funding from the National Lottery’s Heritage Fund, the team have been able to purchase a digger. This will enable them to carry out works to protect and repair rampart paths, as well as any future site maintenance works, without the need to hire machinery or contractors.

 

Volunteers

The dry-stone walling volunteer team, led by ranger Geoff are getting to a pivotal point in completing a section of wall repairs, as the coping stones are placed on top of the completed repairs. This is not an easy job as these large stones are particularly heavy and careful placement is key to ensuring they are well bedded to the top of the wall. The coping stones not only look great, but they help to reduce the risk of the wall collapsing again as they protect the stones underneath from disturbance, particularly from sheep climbing over & pulling stones loose. 

 

Visitor Centre

Work continues with our appointed contractors to finalise the design of the building to ensure that it is sustainable and affordable, before construction can start in May 2024.

 

The rangers and volunteers would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

 

 

Interpretation

We have carried out a procurement process to appoint an interpretation designer for the Heritage Fund project. The interpretation designer will be fundamental in bringing the stories of Ham Hill to life through the design of the permanent exhibition in the Visitor Centre and creation of digital content and panels out on site. They will work alongside the project team, rangers and Engagement Ranger to ensure the content is exciting, engaging and correct. They will create signage and new branding for Ham Hill, ensuring that the design is coherent throughout the site and visitor centre.
We look forward to starting work with them this autumn.

 

 

Activities and events

The rangers have been busy during the summer months organising and delivering a range of public events.

 

 

                      

 

                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                            

 

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@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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