Beaminster Down

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Beaminster Down
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Beaminster Down viewed from the Monarch's Way looking southwest
Highest point
Elevation 244 m (801 ft) [1]
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Location Dorset, England
Parent range Dorset Downs
OS grid ST493033
Topo map OS Landranger No. 194

At 244 metres, Beaminster Down is one of the highest hills in West Dorset, England.


Beaminster Down is common land[2] on the Dorset Downs and overlooks the steep scarp slope above the town of Beaminster, which is about a mile and a half to the southwest. The hill is crossed by 2 long distance trails, 2 minor roads and several other tracks.[1]


There is evidence of prehistoric settlement on in the form of tumuli to the northeast.[1] Grenade practice took place in the sandbagged, zig-zag trenches on Beaminster Down during the Second World War.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 Landranger series.
  2. Beaminster Down at Accessed on 29 Mar 2013.
  3. Beaminster at war at Accessed on 29 Mar 2013.