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December Calendar Day 19: Inspiration & Reveal

Maiden Castle

Maiden Castle is located just southwest of Dorchester. It is one of the largest and most complex Iron Age hillforts in Europe. Maiden Castle Farm, which is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall and managed by the Hoskin Family, has the fortress located on its land.

The farm is managed to encourage wildlife. In summer every year the farm opens its Dorset Sunflower Trail, from which they donate half their profits to charity. In 2023 the main charity was the Special Care Baby Unit in Dorset County Hospital.

You can read more about Maiden Castle on the English Heritage Website, and about the Sunflower Trail on the Maiden Castle Farm website.

Images by:
Ian Paterson / Sunflower Sundance / CC BY-SA 2.0

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