Visiting Ham Hill Country Park
Whether you are local, visiting South Somerset or just passing through, come and find out why we love being the Friends of Ham Hill. Explore the 164 hectares (390 acres), wander the remains of the huge Iron Age hill fort and soak up the incredible views of the South Somerset Moors, Exmoor and the Mendip Hills.
Ham Hill is an Iron Age hillfort, situated on a crop of hamstone that is still actively quarried today. The hamstone is calcareous and supports a wealth of habitats and wildlife including calcareous grassland; rich in wildflowers and orchids and woodland; supporting diverse bird and mammal populations. Part of the site is classified as a Geological SSSI and the Iron Age hillfort is protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The historical significance of the hillfort includes Bronze Age burial sites, remains of a 19 room Roman villa and medieval village.
When you visit, you can also enjoy some of the things that the Friends of Ham Hill helped fund and provide.
- Let the little ones burn off energy at the Woodland Playzone and go exploring with the Roman Treasure Trail.
- Follow one of the routes in our Walking Leaflet that you can pick up from the Rangers’ Office or Cartgate Tourist Information Centre on the A303 (we do ask for a small fee of £2 to help cover our costs).
Ham Hill Country Park is managed by South Somerset District Council so, for the most comprehensive and up-to-date information for visitors, head to their website, where you’ll find travel directions, parking information, things to see and do, current events, details of the on-site facilities and much more.
One of the long-standing friends of the Friends of Ham Hill is the Prince of Wales pub, the fabulous dog-friendly pub situated right in the middle of the park. When you visit them, you’ll see why we use it for our regular meetings and social events. You’ll also find one of our collection boxes on the bar. You can’t miss it – it’s the bright green one!