Melbury Hill

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Melbury Hill
View from Melbury Beacon - - 358553.jpg
View from Melbury Hill. To the right is the locator pillar of Melbury Beacon
Highest point
Elevation 263 m (863 ft) [1]
Prominence 66 m (217 ft) [1]
Parent peak Win Green[1]
Listing Tump
Coordinates 50°58′36″N 2°10′55″W / 50.9767°N 2.1820°W / 50.9767; -2.1820Coordinates: 50°58′36″N 2°10′55″W / 50.9767°N 2.1820°W / 50.9767; -2.1820
Location Dorset, England
Parent range Cranborne Chase
OS grid ST873197
Topo map OS Landranger 183, Explorer 118N

Melbury Hill, whose summit is also called Melbury Beacon,[2] is a prominent hill, 263 metres high,[1] on the high chalk escarpment of the North Dorset Downs above the village of Melbury Abbas in the county of Dorset in southern England.

From Melbury Beacon there are superb panoramic views of Blackmore Vale and Cranborne Chase, as well as the Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury less than 2 miles to the north.[2]

In 1588 an Armada beacon sited here formed part of a chain of signal beacons from London to Plymouth.[2]

There is a trig point on the summit and a National Trust-owned wood on its western flank above the A350 from Blandford Forum to Shaftesbury.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Jackson, Mark. "More Relative Hills of Britain" (PDF). Relative Hills of Britain. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Melbury Hill, Compton Abbas and Fontmell Down at DorsetLife. Accessed on 26 Mar 2013.
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 Landranger series, No. 183.