Ringmoor and Turnworth Down
Site of an Iron Age settlement at Ringmoor which is now managed by the National Trust.
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Ringmoor and Turnworth Down: any old iron -
The car park and picnic site at Okeford Hill provides the starting point for a number of walks. If you walk west along the Wessex Ridgeway you come to the site of an Iron Age settlement at Ringmoor which is now managed by the National Trust. The information board claims that the site has rare and beautiful wildlife but sadly I have visited at times when this does not seem to be the case!
The site is mainly improved pasture which has a rich grass sword and is well used by local farms for grazing of cattle. In the main area I found little but dandelions. Most interest lies in the surrounding fringe woodland, in the pond and along the path from the car park to Ringmoor itself. I did not see too much evidence of the iron age fort either but then I am not an archeologist!
I would not want to stop anyone visiting Ringmoor as it is a very pleasant spot with good views but not as rich in wildlife as I would have liked.