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1 January 2010 - Broadwindsor

A New Years day walk from Broadwindsor to Lewesdon Hill and Pilsdon Pen. Lewesdon Hill now has the claim on the highest point in Dorset at 915 feet. In earlier accounts Pilsdon Pen is stated as the highest point in Dorset.

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The sign at the gate into the Lewesdon Hill National Trust site.

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On the summit there is a small grassy area surrounded by trees.

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The highest person in Dorset at that time!

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The hazy view through the trees down to the coast and Golden Cap.

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From the summit we took the track down to join the Wessex Ridgeway heading towards Pilsdon Pen.

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An interesting fungi growing in the moss on an old bit of wood.

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Pilsdon Pen this way.

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Broadwindsor from the ridgeway path.

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The sun was really bringing out the colour in the moss on the trees.

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I bet some of the these old trees could tell a few tales of passers by in previous years!

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A view across to Pilsdon Pen our next destination.

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Climbing up the steep but short climb to the top of Pilsdon Pen with the Dorset coast showing through the haze in the background.

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The summit of Pilsdon Pen at 277m with Lewesdon Hill in the distance at 279m.

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The flat summit of the ancient Iron Age Hillfort of Pilsdon Pen.

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A view showing the frost covered ditch at the northern end of the hill fort and Lewesdon Hill in the distance.

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Back at Broadwindsor. The village church of St John the baptist which dates from 1902.

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Another view of the church in the fading light.

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The village square. Charles II stayed here for one night in 1651 while fleeing from the Parlimentarians.