Stokeleigh Camp Hillfort, Bristol

Stokeleigh Camp hillfort is crescent shaped, multivallate, and encloses around 7 acres (a little under 3 hectares). The builders have taken advantage of the steep slope of Nightningale Valley to the South, and a sharp cliff to the North. In these areas the ramparts are comparatively small, though there is evidence of drystone facing on the Southern run. On the Western run, however, there defences are substantial, and reach up to 30ft (just over 9 metres) in places. They also show evidence for drystrone facing. The remains of a rectangular building have been recorded, but it is thought to be associated with the later quarrying activity, and is not part of the original structure.

One of three hillforts overlooking this part of the Avon Gorge. The others are Burwalls Camp, and Clifton Down Camp.


OS map reference: ST 5595 7328. Nearest city: Bristol.

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