Maiden Castle

Maiden Castle is an iron age hill fort near Dorchester, Dorset. It is the largest hill fort in Britain and has the most complicated rampart defences of any hill fort in Britain also. Those defences were probably needed too because it is not actually on a hill. The site was occupied much earlier, approx 6,000 years ago ( neolithic ) but the hill fort as we see it today was built in stages and occupied until the Romans took it in AD43. There is the remains of a Roman temple inside that is now only used by sheep. It is possible that the displaced people moved to the nearby Poundbury hill fort. Parking is ample and is sign posted from the Weymouth road.

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