Cley Hill Hillfort
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Bowl barrows inside the Iron Age earthworks
Cley Hill was originally part of the Longleat estate, but was given by the 6th Marquis of Bath to the National Trust.
The Devil and Cley Hill
An old legend tells how Cley Hill came to be formed. According to the tale, the Devil was angry that the citizens of Devzes had converted to Christianity, and decided to bury the town under a pile of earth. He put a mass of earth in a sack and set off to find the town. On the way he met an old man, and enquired how far it was to Devizes. The old man guessed who he speaking to, and cleverly told the Devil that he himself was on the way to Devizes, and had set out as a young man, but now he was old and aged, and had yet to arrive at his destination. The Devil was so discouraged by the tale that he abandoned his journey and simply dumped the pile of earth beside the road. The town of Devizes was saved, and Devil's pile of earth became Cley Hill.
About Cley Hill Hillfort
Address: Corsley, Warminster, Wiltshire, England, BA12 7QU
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: Free parking area on the north side of the A36, just past the Longleat roundabout. It is roughly 1 mile from the parking area to the hill.
Website: Cley Hill Hillfort
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Chapel of St Lawrence, Warminster - 2.2 miles (Historic Church)
Longleat - 2.2 miles (Historic House)
Horningsham, St John the Baptist Church - 2.4 miles (Historic Church)
Longbridge Deverill, St Peter & St Paul Church - 2.8 miles (Historic Church)
Old Dilton, St Mary's Church - 2.9 miles (Historic Church)
Brixton Deverill, St Michael's Church - 4.1 miles (Historic Church)
Maiden Bradley, All Saints Church - 4.4 miles (Historic Church)
Sutton Veny, St Leonards Church - 4.7 miles (Historic Church)
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