Watts Hill

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Watts Hill

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View across Watts Hill, close to the C12, with Whitcombe Bottom just beyond.
Highest point
Elevation 262 m (860 ft) [1]
Prominence 69 m (226 ft) [1]
Parent peak Lewesdon Hill [1]
Coordinates 50°49′54″N2°27′53″W / 50.8317°N 2.4648°W / 50.8317; -2.4648 Coordinates: 50°49′54″N2°27′53″W / 50.8317°N 2.4648°W / 50.8317; -2.4648
Location Dorset, England
Parent range Dorset Downs
OS grid ST673036
Topo map

OS Landranger 194

Explorer No. 117

Watts Hill is a hill in the Dorset Downs and one of the highest in the county of Dorset, England. The height of the summit is variously recorded as 261 metres [2] or 262 metres. [1]

Dorset Downs hill in the United Kingdom

The Dorset Downs are an area of chalk downland in the centre of the county Dorset in south west England. The downs are the most western part of a larger chalk formation which also includes Cranborne Chase, Salisbury Plain, Hampshire Downs, Chiltern Hills, North Downs and South Downs.

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to the west and Scotland to the north-northwest. The Irish Sea lies west of England and the Celtic Sea lies to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, and includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.



Watts Hill lies about 1½ miles north of Cerne Abbas above the village of Minterne Parva, and about 12 kilometres north of Dorchester, the county town. It is the highest point on a north-south ridge, on the southern spur of which is the Cerne Abbas Giant, an old landmark whose origin is unclear. A mile to the northwest is Dogbury Hill and, on the far side of the A352 is Telegraph Hill and High Stoy, a popular filming location. [2]

Cerne Abbas village in United Kingdom

Cerne Abbas is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southern England. It lies in the Dorset Council administrative area in the Cerne Valley in the Dorset Downs. The village lies just east of the A352 road 10 km (6.2 mi) north of Dorchester. Dorset County Council estimate that the population of the civil parish in 2013 was 820. In the 2011 census the population of the civil parish, combined with the small neighbouring parish of Up Cerne, was 784.

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Cerne Abbas Giant Hill figure near Cerne Abbas in Dorset

The Cerne Abbas Giant is a hill figure near the village of Cerne Abbas in Dorset, England. 55 metres (180 ft) high, it depicts a standing nude male figure with a prominent erection and wielding a large club in its right hand. Like many other hill figures it is outlined by shallow trenches cut in the turf and backfilled with chalk rubble. The figure is listed as a scheduled monument of England and the site is owned by the National Trust.


There is much evidence of prehistoric settlement in the area. Near the Giant there are the remains of an ancient settlement, a tumulus and an earthwork on the southern spur near Cerne Abbas, and similar features further north near Dogbury. [2]

Tumulus Mound of earth and stones raised over graves

A tumulus is a mound of earth and stones raised over a grave or graves. Tumuli are also known as barrows, burial mounds or kurgans, and may be found throughout much of the world. A cairn, which is a mound of stones built for various purposes, may also originally have been a tumulus.

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  1. 1 2 3 4 Summit Listings by Relative Height collated by Jonathan de Ferranti. Accessed on 30 Mar 2013.
  2. 1 2 3 Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 Landranger series, No. 194