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Telegraph Hill
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View east along the northern slope of Telegraph Hill overlooking the Blackmore Vale
Highest point
Elevation 267 m (876 ft)
Prominence 121 m (397 ft)
Parent peak Lewesdon Hill
Listing HuMP
Location Dorset, England
Parent range Dorset Downs
OS grid ST644050
Topo map OS Landranger 194
Explorer 117W

Telegraph Hill (267 metres, 876 feet high) is a hill about 1 mile northwest of Minterne Magna and about 10 miles north of Dorchester in the county of Dorset, England. Its prominence qualifies it as one of the so-called HuMPs.

There is a transmission mast about 600 metres away on the spur to the northeast at High Stoy. Writing in 1906, Sir Frederick Treves described High Stoy as "the most engaging of all Dorset hills—a hill of 800 feet, made up of green slopes, a cliff, and a mantle of trees." Opposite High Stoy is Dogbury Hill, another bastion of the chalk escarpment.

A Franciscan friary lies in the hamlet of Hilfield beneath the hill to the west.


The area of Minterne, Dogbury Hill and High Stoy was the setting for Thomas Hardy's novel, The Woodlanders, Minterne House being referred to as Great Hintock House. The 1990s TV film of Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles was made on Dogbury Hill.


Telegraph Hill is a popular paragliding spot.


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