You'll find Maiden Castle just two miles from Dorchester, and it's one of the largest and most complex Iron Age hill forts in Europe. Made up of multiple earthen ramparts, the castle would once have protected several hundred residents in its heyday, although it's difficult to imagine when you stand on this quiet and windswept site today. The site has a 4,000-year history, starting out as a Neolithic causeway enclosure 4000 years ago and later becoming home to a small Roman temple built in the 4th century AD.
If you download your audio guide from the English Heritage before you go you'll be able to listen to the site's complex history as you wander it. There are picnic tables for those who want to enjoy the atmosphere while they eat, and dogs are welcome on leads - so this is a nice spot for a wander and to spend some time as well as a fascinating one.