Lambert’s Castle

The Entrance to Lamberts Castle

Lambert’s Castle is one of a number of impressive iron aged hill forts in west dorset and can easily be accessed from either the A35 or B3165. The area is very popular with dog walkers.

  • Location: Latitude: 50.785231N Longitude: 2.899854W
  • Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer 116 (ISBN 0-319-23536-X)
  • Scale: 1:25 000
  • Grid Reference: SY373977
  • Walk Distance: Less than 2km (Allow half and hour)
  • Rating: Easy
  • When to Go: Anytime of year


Molly posing on Lambert's Castle Triangulation Point

This Iron age hill fortress is managed by the National Trust. There is a small car park just off the B3165 between the Fishpond turning and Marshwood village. As always don’t leave anything in your car that you don’t want to be stolen. The car park contains an information panel which details some of the castle’s history and wildlife.

From the car park you can walk along the edge of the hill above the B3165 through the trees. You will then come out of the trees and walk around the fortress enclosure. There used to be a signalling station sited here. Walking along the eastern edge affords spectacular views out across the Marshwood Vale. You can then complete a triangular walk by heading back across the parkland.

Things to do

Lambert’s castle is a great place to have a picnic during the summer months. There is an opportunity to play ball games, throw a Frisbee or even fly a kite.


There are plenty of Rabbits to be found up on Lambert’s castle and you may see the occasional deer.


There is a Geocache located at Lambert’s Castle. You will need a GPS and to log on to the geocaching website for the clues and location.


With patience and timing you may manage to get reasonable photographs of the sun rising over the Marshwood Vale.

Other places to visit near by

Coney’s Castle lies just to the south of Lambert’s Castle. You could even try walking over the top of Lambert’s Castle and into Marshwood village to visit the Bottle Inn. Champernhayes woods are only a short walk or drive away.

Other walks include: