The names of Pontesford Hill and Earl’s Hill both appear on local OS maps, although they share a common summit. In recent times Earl’s Hill has come to be applied to the grassy summit itself, while Pontesford Hill refers to former Forestry Commission land.
The hill’s distinctive hump-backed shape has been a notable feature in the landscape for thousands of years. It was probably used as a navigation aid by Neolithic and Bronze age people, and was the site of two Iron Age hill forts.
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