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Chaldon Hill
Old Navigation Beacon Chaldon Down - geograph.org.uk - 1529123.jpg
The old navigation beacon on Chaldon Down, looking east towards Lulworth Cove
Highest point
Elevation 178 m (584 ft)
Prominence 90 m (300 ft)
Parent peak Lewesdon Hill
Geography
Location Dorset, England
Parent range South Dorset Downs
OS grid SY783813
Topo map OS Landranger 194

Chaldon Hill, also called Chaldon Down, is one of the highest hills, 178 metres (584 ft), on South Dorset's Jurassic Coast in England. The summit is about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) west of Durdle Door.

A bridleway crosses the hill just below the summit, whilst the South West Coast Path makes its way down the steep hillside to the beach heading for Durdle Door. At the summit is a tumulus and trig point. There are navigation beacons about 200 metres (220 yd) to the southeast. The hill is flanked by two coastal headlands: White Nothe and Bat's Head.

History

There is abundant evidence of prehistoric settlement in the area: tumuli to the south-west and east, a field system and earthwork to the north-east and two named barrows to the east: Wardstone and Bush Barrows. There is evidence of another field system on the steep coastal hillside.

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