Ham Hill Country Park

Ham Hill is a 164 hectare (390 acre) country park centred on an Iron Age hill fort/ There is extensive free car parking on site and plenty of open hilly landscape to explore, as well as shady woodlands and interesting old quarry areas.

South Somerset Countryside website

For the latest information about Ham Hill Country Park, please visit our new South Somerset Countryside website.

A 164 hectare (390 acre) Country Park centred on an Iron Age hill fort, which is managed by South Somerset District Council. There is extensive free car parking on site and plenty of open hilly landscape to explore, as well as shady woodlands and interesting old quarry areas.

Ham Hill is now designated as a Local Nature Reserve (it is a Country Park too!). This gives the land a higher level of protection.  In 2009 Ham Hill received Country Park Accreditation; a national standard set by Natural England.

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Recent projects

We have led many school visits throughout the year - looking at local geography and history to minibeast hunting and nature walks. We led a number of visits from community groups such as social clubs and special interest groups, and also many youth groups including Cub, Scout, and Brownie packs. Ham Hill has been awarded with a Quality Badge, which shows that as an outdoor education provider it meets national standards for health and safety and quality of teaching.

As part of a three year Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) Project that began in 2007 and finished at the end of 2009, we launched a comprehensive Ham Hill Education Pack in October last year, suitable for teachers and group leaders that work with children of all ages.

As part of the HLF project there are now two audio trails for Ham Hill that tell you all about the wildlife, history, geology and rangers at various stops around the Country Park. To download these two exciting trails and map for free, visit the Ham Hill website and go to 'Accessibility'.

We now have a 'Tramper', which allows people with limited mobility to explore nearly the Country Park (it's free!). To find out more visit the Ham Hill website

Volunteering and Friends Group

To manage Ham Hill effectively we need the valuable assistance and support of practical conservation volunteers to help with a variety of tasks. No formal qualifications or experience are needed; all that is required are enthusiasm, some old clothes, a sense of humour, and a willingness to help conserve your local wildlife and heritage.

Our practical conservation volunteer day is every Wednesday; by focusing on one day we can ensure that volunteers will be working in a team. This is not only a benefit from a safety point of view, but it means that we can tackle larger tasks.

To find our more visit Ham Hill website

Ham Hill events

To what's happening at Ham Hill, please go to our Countryside activities and events page.

Site management

Key management activities include keeping the park safe and tidy, scrub control to protect unique grassland and archaeological features, dry stone walling, livestock grazing and path maintenance.