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Jane’s Fundraising Appeal

‘In The Footsteps of King Ethelbert’ Sponsored Walk, August 2021.

Jane Keating a Trustee of Sutton Walls Conservation Group, explains why

she has decided to undertake a fundraising challenge.

Please support the Sutton Walls Conservation Group by sponsoring

me to undertake a four mile walk from St Ethelbert’s Well in Marden

and around Sutton Walls twenty five times over twenty five days

(100 miles) in August to raise much needed funds for this restoration

and conservation project. My initial target is £1,500.

During the pandemic the Group has had to put fundraising plans on hold and now need to raise funds to support future projects – the restoration of the East and West Entrances, the installation of interpretation boards to bring the history of Sutton Walls to life, as well as tree management programmes and other measures to ensure the hillfort is removed from the Heritage at Risk Register.  We hope to receive grants but have to show we are able to raise funds ourselves and are self-sustainable. All of these projects will be in partnership with Historic England.


The Sutton Walls Conservation Group (SWCG), was set up in 2017 to conserve and restore this Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM) of Sutton Walls in Herefordshire.  It is one of the most famous Iron Age hill forts in Britain, which is also associated with King Offa of Mercia and the murder of King Ethelbert.  We are committed to a Conservation Management Plan aimed at improving the ecology, protecting the archaeology and increasing accessibility and knowledge of the public.

Sadly, the site is now at risk from general deterioration, unmanaged scrub and trees which may be affecting the below ground archaeology, diminished ground cover which is allowing erosion of the ramparts and burrowing animals in increasing numbers on the site. This is altering the significance of the monument and urgent action is needed to prevent deterioration and improve the monument’s condition.

In 2020 we received a grant from Historic England for an ecological (badger, bat and tree) survey, geophysical surveys and archaeological mapping surveys of the site which are informing our plans for the restoration.

Please visit our website www. to read more about the charity and the extraordinary history of Sutton Walls.

Please support her by donating on our Just Giving page.


Historical Walking Trail.

Sutton Walls Conservation Group have launched an exciting new heritage walking trail map that transports you back in time to explore life on Sutton Walls in the Iron Age and Roman periods as well in the time of Ethelbert and Offa.

Please note the footpath is uneven, steep in parts and can be quite muddy. You will need sturdy footware.

You can buy a trail map and walk at your leisure. The map is on sale at the Golden Cross pub in the centre of Sutton St Nicholas or you may print your own lower quality image using the pdf icons next to the following images.


Click on this pdf icon to print this page or view it on your pc etc.


Click on this pdf icon to print this page or view it on your pc etc.


Significant News.

Sutton Walls Conservation Group has taken a big step forward in securing the wonderful Iron Age hillfort's future for generations to come.

The group, which was established in 2017, responded to a call from Historic England to help manage the site as it was on their 'at risk' register. Working with the Gwynne family, who have owned the site for several generations, the lease has now been signed, giving the SWCG the responsibility as tenants to take on the task of managing the site in terms of its outstanding value for archaeology, nature, farming and people.

The next step will be to instigate a Conservation Management Plan, which will inform and guide the way forward and could include a range of actions such as providing interpretation boards, coppicing, opening up viewpoints and stabilising the hillfort's ramparts. The public footpath, which circumnavigates the hillfort and is excellently maintained, will continue to provide access to the site and a great opportunity for walkers. Find out more by picking up a Heritage Walking Trail map from the Golden Cross pub or visit . Keep an eye out for more news and opportunities to get involved in looking after, and making the most of this amazing site, right on our doorstep!


Visitors to Sutton Walls should please keep to the public footpaths at all times.

Forthcoming Events.

Several events were scheduled to take place this spring and summer. These events will be rearranged for dates yet to be set. We hope to include guided walks with an expert leader; museum visits and work groups. Please look out for further information.

We have created a Face Book page and we will be posting updates as we move forward

Historic England's Heritage at Risk Register 2019,  Case Study, Sutton Walls Camp.

Read full case study text of this important document by clicking the pdf icon.


Above text and photograph are copyright of Historic England 2019

Event Archive

Sutton Walls features on BBC TV’s Midlands today.

Historic England Grant 2021

Sutton Walls Quiz. May 2020

Sutton Walls and Herefordshire in the Iron Age - Postponed March 2020

Coffee Morning and Walk 2019

Photography Competition 2018