Maiden Castle accessibility
Bickerton Hill and Maiden Castle are owned primarily by the National Trust. Access onto the Hill is generally good, the majority of the Hill being ‘open access’. There are a number of ‘desire lines’ and permissive routes across the area adding to the existing definitive footpaths. The 20 main access routes onto the hill are from metalled/urban roads, all of which are definitive ROW footpaths. They vary in condition considering the steep terrain. The general network of paths is heavily used.
The area is primarily used for recreational purposes, walking dogs and using the Sandstone Trail. Horse riding is available across the hill but by permit only. There is no official bridleway access. There is also an ‘easy access’ route available where limited parking is provided, but with permission only. Wicket gates and kissing gates are the main type of furniture used on the majority of paths.
There are 2 main car parks and a number of other unofficial lay-by parking areas available. The popular Sandstone Trail runs directly along the ridge of the Hill, linking Maiden Castle and Bickerton. The condition of paths in this area is generally good, largely a sandy earth surface or bedrock in places. User erosion is the main problem in this area and managing desire lines is important.
There are 2 Sandstone Trail information boards situated in the area, near car parks. Interpretation in general is also good. There is an interpretative board situated at Maiden Castle relating directly to the scheduled area, and a number of general National Trust boards situated at the car parks. Kitty’s Stone is another feature of interest situated on the Bickerton Hill.