Discover the Area

What does the Mendip Hills AONB offer?

Black Down & Burrington Ham

Black Down trig point is the highest point on Mendip offering terrific views across to Wales. Significant wildlife and archaeology and excellent for walking, cycling and horse riding.

Burrington Combe and Ham to the North are designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest for their wildlife habitats.

Cheddar Gorge

The internationally famous Cheddar Gorge boasting the highest inland limestone cliffs, dramatic caves and cliff top walk.

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Chew Valley

A chance to slow down and relax around Chew Valley Lake with cafe, tearoom and nature trail.

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Crook Peak

A distinctive peak of open grassland with areas of gorse and scrub. The Mendip Way passes over the peak (OS Explorer Maps 141 and 153). There is a car park with picnic tables on Webbington Road.

Priddy

The village green is at the centre of the ancient settlement of Priddy. The Hurdle stack on the green is a symbol of the ancient wool trade and Priddy sheep fair.

Kings Wood

An ancient woodland with ground flora, access to Wavering Down and Crook Peak and is on the route of Mendip Way adjacent to the Strawberry Line.

Priddy Mineries & Stockhill Forest

Nature has reclaimed this former lead mining site and is an amazing area for wildlife watchers.  Walks up to North Hill and Priddy Nine Barrows can start here.

Sitting next to the Mineries is Stockhill Forest offering easy-going trails.

Deer Leap

An open access site with fantastic views over the Somerset Levels. Excellent for walks, picnics, flying kites. There is a car park with picnic tables.

East Harptree Woods

An evergreen forest offering easy-going trails and superb views across the Chew Valley leading to Smitham Chimney, the last remaining lead smelting chimney on Mendip.

Bleadon Hill

The highest point of the Western end of the Mendip Hills offering 360 degree stunning views.

Shute Shelve Hill

An open grassland site offering views over the Somerset Levels, accessible from Axbridge lay-by car park, a starting point for the Strawberry Line Trail.  Axbridge is also home to the historic King John’s Hunting Lodge.

Velvet Bottom

Three Somerset Wildlife Trust Reserves make up the Cheddar Complex: Black Rock, Longwood and Velvet Bottom.

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Blackmoor Reserve

An old lead mining area steeped in history, rough grassland, heath, wetland, and woodland. Industrial archaeology visible.

Wookey Hole Caves

A visitor attraction that takes in the 50,000 year History of the caves.

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Cheddar Gorge & Caves

You can enjoy the awe-inspiring cliffs to the subterranean stalactite show caves at this visitor attraction. It is also an international centre for caving and rock climbing.

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Blagdon Lake

The lake covers 440 acres and is classified as a SSSI by Natural England for the wildflower meadows and bird populations. The long, narrow shape makes it ideal for both boat and bank fishing.

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Dolebury Warren

An iron age hillfort of great interest for its grassland, limestone heath vegetation and ancient field systems

 

Ebbor Gorge

A dry limestone gorge and is a designated National Nature Reserve.

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Tourist Information Centres

  • Bath Tourist Information Centre Bath Abbey Church Yard, Bath BA1 1LY Tel:0906 711 2000 Email: tourism@bathtourism.co.uk Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm, Sun 10am-4pm
  • Burnham On Sea TIC, South Esplanade, Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset, TA8 1BUTel: 01278 787852 Email: burnhaminformation@gmail.com  Open every day 10am -2pm until 25th March and then 10am-4pm. Closed on Easter Sunday
  • Cheddar Gorge, National Trust Shop, The Cliff, Cheddar BS27 3QE Tel: 01934 744689 Email: somerset.countryside@nationaltrust.org.uk  For opening hours please contact the shop.
  • Frome TIC, The Library, Justice Lane, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE Tel: 01373 465757 Email: touristinfo@frome-tc.gov.uk Open Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm, Sat 9.30am-4pm
  • Glastonbury TIC, High Street, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 9DP Tel: 01458 832954 Email: info@glastonburytic.co.uk Open Mon-Thurs 10am-4pm, Fri and Sat 10am-4.30pm
  • Shepton Mallet TIC, 70 High Street, Shepton Mallet BA4 5AS Tel:01749 345258 Email: enquiries@visitsheptonmallet.co.uk Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm and Sat 10am-1pm
  • Street TIC, Clarks Village, Farm Road, Street, Somerset BA16 0BB Tel: 01458 447384 Email: info@streettic.co.uk Open Mon-Sat 10am-4pm and Sun 11am-4pm
  • Taunton TIC, Library, Paul Street, Taunton, Somerset TA1 3XZ Tel: 01823 336344 Email: tauntontic@tauntondeane.gov.uk Open Mon-Sat 9.30-4.30 closed Sundays and Bank Holidays
  • Wells Visitor Information Service, Wells and Mendip Museum, 8 Cathedral Green, Wells, BA5 2UE Tel: 01749 671770 Email: visitwellsinfo@gmail.com Open Winter Mon-Sat 11am-4pm Summer Mon – Sat 10-5

Greentraveller Guide to the Mendip Hills AONB 

The Greentraveller online guide to the Mendip Hills AONB was launched in 2013 and the Facebook campaign is now running. Greentraveller has already produced guides for a number of AONBs and National Parks that list where to stay, visitor attractions, eating out and activities. This work was a part funded by a Sustainable Development Fund grant.

We hope you enjoy your visit to the Mendip Hills. Please contribute to their conservation and enhancement by texting

AONB72 to £3 (or any amount up to £10) to 70070

For further information or to make a donation please go to the Somerset Community Foundation website or call 01749 344949