Watts Hill is a hill in the Dorset Downs and one of the highest in the county of Dorset, England. The height of the summit is variously recorded as 261 metres[2] or 262 metres.[1]

Watts Hill
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View across Watts Hill, close to the C12, with Whitcombe Bottom just beyond.
Highest point
Elevation262 m (860 ft)[1]
Prominence69 m (226 ft)[1]
Parent peakLewesdon Hill[1]
Coordinates50°49′54″N 2°27′53″W / 50.8317°N 2.4648°W / 50.8317; -2.4648Coordinates: 50°49′54″N 2°27′53″W / 50.8317°N 2.4648°W / 50.8317; -2.4648
LocationDorset, England
Parent rangeDorset Downs
OS gridST673036
Topo mapOS Landranger 194
Explorer No. 117


Watts Hill lies about 1½ miles north of Cerne Abbas above the village of Minterne Parva, and about 12 kilometres north of Dorchester, the county town. It is the highest point on a north-south ridge, on the southern spur of which is the Cerne Abbas Giant, an old landmark whose origin is unclear. A mile to the northwest is Dogbury Hill and, on the far side of the A352 is Telegraph Hill and High Stoy, a popular filming location.[2]


There is much evidence of prehistoric settlement in the area. Near the Giant there are the remains of an ancient settlement, a tumulus and an earthwork on the southern spur near Cerne Abbas, and similar features further north near Dogbury.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Summit Listings by Relative Height collated by Jonathan de Ferranti. Accessed on 30 Mar 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 Landranger series, No. 194