Burton Dassett Hills Country Park HAS to be on your list of things to do this summer. Just an hour drive away from Oxford, these picturesque rolling hills in southern Warwickshire will take away your craving for the scenery of Wales and Scotland. I have been told 3 men and a little lady was shot here 🙂
As soon as we were out of the car, Ay was running around like mad. He wanted us all to race up the hills, race down the hill, roll on the hill… whatever he could think of! Two of the hills (one with the plaque on the top- called the view point) and the other next to it (Harts Hill) were actually higher (almost like mini mountains) but he was in his element. He ran faster than us while we huffed and puffed but finally managed to get to the top. The view from up there was worth it.
There are small car parks dotted around the hill. We parked opposite “the Beacon”, a circular tower built on one of the hill tops. Its not clear what the tower represents. It is believed that it was probably built in the 15th Century as a Beacon tower used to send messages around the country by lighting fires, or may have been a windmill, of which the upper storey has been removed (hence the name of the hill-Beacon Hill or Windmill Hill), or it could have been a Warrener’s lodge, the home of a man who looked after and supplied the local area with rabbits.
There were many sheep and baby lambs running around on the hills. It was so cute to watch. That also means there is a lot of sheep poo on the grass but nothing you can’t avoid!
There were children flying kites; One was racing remote controlled cars up and down then hills with his dad; there were bikers on the grass; even a quad bike appeared at one point (though I believe they are not allowed!). On the other side, a couple was enjoying a romantic moment! To be honest, even though, there is no “playground” as such, there is so much to enjoy. There are many picnic benches scattered around, so bring in your picnic, enjoy the fresh air and just live in the moment. It was colder and much more windy then I thought, so please dress up warmly.
Trivia: The site comprises a series of rugged hilltops affording spectacular views in all directions and Fox Covert, a small woodland with a surfaced footpath. Opened as a country park in 1971, the 100 acres contain a wealth of historical interest such as the prominent beacon, quarry remains and the nearby 12th Century All Saints Church. These hills were formed during the Jurassic period some 200 to 400 million years ago and were once extensively quarried for ironstone.
Update: After I put up my post on FB, I have been warned by some that it can be a dogging site later in the evening. To be perfectly honest, we didn’t see anything untoward and there were loads of other families out there. I have also heard some really nice childhood memories of the place, so may be avoid the place later in the evening!
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🗺 Address: Southam CV47 2AB, United Kingdom
🚘 Paid parking- £3.00 per car per day
🚻 Toilet facilities are open between 9:00 – 15:00.
🍕 No refreshments on site but apparently an ice cream van is around in summers. There is also a pub close by.
🐕 Dogs allowed
🧺 Picnics allowed- There are dedicated purpose-built brick BBQ stands. Bring along a disposable BBQ or your own portable BBQ, utensils and everything else required for an alfresco meal.
🦽Not Buggy accessible
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