Chesters Hill Fort
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Whatever the reason for the peculiar location, the earthwork approaches to the settlement are quite elaborate, with a system of overlapping ditches and banks on each elongated end of a low hill. Within the earthworks is evidence of wooden buildings, belonging to two distinct phases of occupation. Some of the later wooden buildings overlay the earthen ramparts.
There are several other Iron Age enclosures in the area and it seems possible they were part of an agricultural system of subdivided plots.
The earthworks are quite worn by erosion and the passage of time. I couldn't say that Chesters is the most impressive Iron Age site I've ever visited, but it is quite interesting to speculate as to the reasons behind the peculiar location chosen for the village!
Reaching Chesters is fairly easy; it is located up a narrow lane off the minor road that links the B1377 and the B1343, about a mile west of Drem. There is a small parking area at the end of the lane, then a very short uphill walk to the site.
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About Chesters Hill Fort
Address: Drem, Lothian, Scotland
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: 1 m (1.6 km) S Drem, on the B1377
Website: Chesters Hill Fort
OS: NT507 782
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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