Nettlecombe Tout hill fort, Dorset
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Nettlecombe Tout hill fort, Dorset

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This panorama was taken on the steep defensive slope of an Iron Age fort on a promv . As I discovered, the most effective form of defence are the large number of rabbit holes. It is high in the Thomas Hardy part of Dorset close to the Wessex Ridgeway Footpath between the Dorset Gap and Cerne Abbas. It's not accessible by car and involves some steepish walking.

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