Woodhouse heritage

The hillfort consists of a bank enclosing an outcrop of the Ridge that slopes upwards from the south-east, before terminating at steep cliff-edges to the north and west. The upstanding earthworks of the hillfort survive to the greatest extent on the east and north sides of the monument where rampart banks are extant in intermittent sections that vary considerably in surviving width and height. There is evidence of an internal quarry ditch on the eastern side, and possible traces of inner and outer revetment walling on the north rampart. The banks have been denuded by modern activity, and there are discrete breaks in the eastern rampart.

Reconstruction drawing of Woodhouse Hillfort by Dai Owen

Reconstruction drawing of Woodhouse Hillfort by Dai Owen

 The main ongoing erosion threat to the monument is the wooded nature of the site and other associated vegetation. The erosion is particularly acute where trees are growing upon and adjacent to the north and eastern ramparts, and also within the interior of the hillfort, where there are areas of tree throws (fallen trees) occurring.

 Extensive bracken growth occurs throughout the area, which masks the monument and hinders interpretation of the site, but also has an adverse impact on subsurface archaeological features. Similarly, stands of invasive rhododendron vegetation have infested every area of the hillfort, and are particularly dense and extensive on the western and southern ramparts.

The hillfort was designated at high risk during an earlier Monuments at Risk survey, because of the tree and bracken growth on the monument. The Monuments at Risk survey conducted during the present Scheme agreed with this assessment and designation.