Norton Hillfort Local Nature Reserve is a protected scheduled ancient monument. It is illegal to damage it in any way, or to use a metal detector on it without written permission from the Secretary of State for the National Heritage.
This low hill (50-55 metres above sea level) has seen people come and go for over a quarter of a million years. Some came only briefly - making temporary camps while hunting. Others made permanent homes here, defending themselves with earth banks and ditches which can still be seen today. The hill, which once bustled with activity, was abandoned after the Roman period.
The Hillfort was first occupied by people in the Stone Age. Banks of the Hillfort are part of the Bronze and Iron Age fortifications. The edge of the Hillfort is wooded and forms a crown on top of the hill. In the woodland you can find oak, ash, and sycamore trees. Much of the flora is dominated by ivy, but some ancient woodland flora such as bluebell, wood anemone and moschatel can also be found. Badger forage on the reserve and a wide range of woodland and hedgerow birds nest, including great spotted woodpecker.
Please keep to the way marked trail and keep dogs under control. Stout footwear is advisable in the woodland section as the ground may be uneven and muddy in sections. Please take care not to damage the site or the plants growing on it.
There is a local legend that a red dragon lived on the Hillfort about the time of the Roman Conquest. A carving of the dragon can seen in Norton Fitzwarren parish church.
Please note: We have used the nearest post code to locate this reserve, it may not pinpoint the site accurately.