A short history of Danebury
Danebury is one of an extensive network of fortified sites across the Hampshire countryside. The high rampart defences are a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The site is a rich chalk grassland parts of which are a Site of Special Scientific Interest. From the hill fort there are magnificent views including several other hill forts and prehistoric burial mounds.
Evidence suggests that Danebury Iron Age Hill Fort was built 3000 years ago. It started life as a Late Bronze Age stock enclosure, while the main defences that are now visible were built around 2500 years ago. The fort remained in use until c.100BC, some 140 years before the Roman invasion of AD43.
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Start at the information board at the bottom of the hill, just beyond the car park.
Go up the hill.
Go through the gate ahead to the information board.
Move through the earthwork defences, keeping to the path and find the wild pear tree.
Head back towards the main gate.