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a National Trust Attraction in the town of Pilsdon, in the county of Dorset

About Pilsdon Pen

Pilsdon Pen is a hill in the North end of the Marshwood Vale, Dorset, 4.5 miles west of Beaminster. It is topped by an ancient Iron Age Hillfort where the remains of 14 roundhouses were uncovered near its center. It has been under the care of the National Trust since 1982 when it was bequeathed to them by the Pinney family.

At 909ft (277 metres) Pilsdon Pen is the second highest point in Dorset, the highest point being that of Lewesdon Hill (279m) which is just 4km East of Pilsdon Hill.

William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy lived just to the west at Racedown House, and they would walk the area each day. The hills, including Pilsdon, comforted Dorothy as she pined for her native Lakeland home.

"We have hills which, seen from a distance almost take the character of mountains, some cultivated nearly to their summits, others in their wild state covered with furze and broom. These delight me the most as they remind me of our native wilds." - Dorothy Wordsworth

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