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 Get ready for “Rocktober”

Mendip Rocks! Festival – 30 September to 31 October 2017

The AONB team, Somerset Earth Science Centre and Mendip Society are busy planning this year’s festival.

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Mendip Rocks! Festival 2016

1,037 people attended the 31 events including: family fundays, guided walks, and tours of working and disused quarries and caves, practical drystone walling, stone carving and geological mapping workshops.



 Click here for a full festival programme –  Mendip Rocks! Festival 2016 Programme



Charterhouse Mining Reserve

The Charterhouse Mining Reserve, a project supported by the Mendip Hills AONB Sustainable Development Fund, is a small area of land with a rich history. It has been mined for naturally occurring lead since prehistoric times, continuing until towards the end of the C19th. The British Geological Survey website also has a lot of interesting information about limestone caves too.





As part of a Sculptor in Residence project in the Mendip Hills AONB coordinated by Take Art in 1998-2000 seven carved stones were commissioned and placed in dry stone walls at intervals along the West Country Way (part of Sustrans National Cycle Network) that passes through the AONB. The seven stones carved by Deborah Jones are still in situ. You can download the Tracers Locations Map