Grassy area leading to a view of the sea

Stonebarrow. Photo: Chris Paul

A largely heathland site around the car park at the top of the hill, but with flower-rich meadows and woodland between the car park and the Dorset Coast Path.

Currently undergoing a programme of scrub clearance. Spectacular coastal views all the way to Chesil Beach and Portland eastwards and to Beer Head and the South Hams westwards on clear days. Wet, flower-rich meadows and woodland on the Jurassic clays of the lower slopes. Undercliffs with bare ground due to continual coastal erosion.

Footpaths around the car park are easy, but there are steep climbs to and from, and along the coast path.

For more info visit: Official Stonebarrow website

Habitat and features

Heathland on the Cretaceous sands and cherts capping the higher ground.

What to see

Butterflies

Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Small Copper, Common Blue, Small Pearl-boardered Fritillary, Dark Green Fritillary, Silver-washed Fritillary, Wall, Small Heath

Moths

Common Heath, Speckled Yellow, Silver Y

Other species

Peregrine

Photo gallery

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Ownership

National Trust