Black Down is the highest point on the ridge and home to the Hardy Monument. 

It is also owned by Dorset County Council (acquired with the help of the Patsy Wood Trust).

This is a special place for people to explore and enjoy. Why don't you come and see for yourself?

  • Black Down has an excellent network of walking trails. They provide a great range of walks through the woods and over the open heath.
  • Black Down's height affords excellent views over the Jurassic Coast and Portland. It also supports wildlife like the Nightjar and Raven. 


Upcoming work, new parking & trails 2014 - 2016

Dorset County Council, with support from the Landscape Partnership, is creating a new car park! Are you as excited as us? You should be!

We are incorporating new landscape-inspired sculpture, too.

The car park will link to the Hardy Monument as well as existing trails. 

Dorset Countryside - The County's Countryside Ranger Service - is improving the heathland habitat for wildlife and the National Trust have recently completed a major restoration programme on the Hardy Monument. 

There has never been a better time to visit Black Down!


*beautiful photo thanks to Duncan Cumming, photographer. Find him on Flickr! https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=hardy%20monument&sort=relevance&user_id=34427470616%40N01