The site of an Iron Age hill fort, now a haven for wildflowers and butterflies.

Location

Bath Rd, Bristol BS40 5DL, UK
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A static map of Dolebury Warren

Know before you go

Size
90 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Some gravelled paths and steps, but strenuous in places. No suitable access for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

Access

Very steep access, steps and paths can be muddy. Strenuous in places. No suitable access for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

May to August

About the reserve

Spectacular views across North Somerset and the Mendips made Dolebury Warren the natural choice for an imposing Iron Age hill fort, built 3000 years ago.

Today, wildflowers carpet the grassy ramparts and hill slopes, attracting rare butterflies.  

Wildlife

You will find small scabious, early purple orchid and eyebright flower in the limestone grassland which covers the summit and slopes.

The unusual mixture of wildflowers makes this a nationally important site for wildlife. 'Lime-loving' plants like rockrose flourish alongside such 'acid-loving' plants as bell heather, which survive on patches of acidic sand blown onto the site during the ice age.  

Late May to August is the best time to see wildflowers and butterflies, including small blues and marbled whites, but the spectacular views will be enjoyed whatever the season.

The visible remains of Dolebury's past include the imposing double ramparts of an Iron Age hill fort and a medieval rabbit warren.  

Dolebury Warren is an SSSI. It is owned by the National Trust and managed by Avon Wildlife Trust.

Love Dolebury Warren? Join us as a member to protect our region's beautiful wild places and add your voice to our growing 17,500 strong membership, from as little as £2.50 a month.  

Contact us

Avon Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 0117 917 7270

Environmental designation

Scheduled Ancient Monument
Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)