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Hod Hill

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Hod Hill is a large hill fort in the Blackmore Vale, 3 miles north-west of Blandford Forum, Dorset, England. The fort sits on a 143 m chalk hill of the same name that lies between the adjacent Dorset Downs and Cranborne Chase. The hill fort at Hambledon Hill is just to the north. The name probably comes from Old English "hod", meaning a shelter, though "hod" could also mean "hood", referring to the shape of the hill.
The fort is roughly rectangular ), with an enclosed area of 22 ha . There is a steep natural slope down to the River Stour to the west, the other sides have an artificial rampart, ditch and counterscarp , with an additional rampart on the north side. The main entrance is at the south-east corner, with other openings at the south-west and north-east corners.


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