Axbridge and Shute Shelve Hill  Open grassland site offering views over the Somerset Levels from Axbridge lay-by car park a starting point for the Strawberry Line Trail. Historic Axbridge with King John’s Hunting Lodge. Black Rock , Longwood and Velvet Bottom Somerset Wildlife Trust Reserves. Blackmoor Reserve  an old lead mining area steeped in history, rough grassland, heath, wetland and woodland. Industrial archaeology visible. Burrington Ham/Black Down/Rowberrow Forest. Largest area of open land in the AONB. Black Down trig point is the highest point on Mendip offering terrific views across to Wales. Significant wildlife and archaeology. Excellent for walking ,cycling and horse riding.

Charterhouse Unique historic lead mining landscape dating from the Roman period. Excellent for walks. Cheddar Gorge  dramatic gorge caves and cliff top walk. Chew Valley Lake Lake with cafe, tearoom, nature trail, toilets. Crook Peak – Distinctive peak. Open grassland site with areas of gorse and scrub. Mendip Way passes over the peak (OS Explorer Maps 141 and 153). Car park with picnic tables on Webbington Road. Deer Leap Open access site with fantastic views over the Somerset Levels. Excellent for walks, picnics, flying kites. Car park with picnic tables.

Dolebury Warren and Dolebury Hill Fort – Iron age hillfort of great interest for its grassland, limestone heath vegetation and ancient field systems. East Harptree Woods – forest plantation on historic lead mining site. Car park and picnic tables. Easy going trail to Smitham Chimney, remnant of the lead mining. Ebbor Gorge –  a dry limestone gorge. Hellenge Hill –  a Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Herriots Bridge Long lay-by on road that crosses Chew Valley Lake. Popular for viewing wild waterfowl. New Manor Farm teashop on road into Bishop Sutton. King’s Wood Ancient woodland with ground flora. Access to Wavering Down and Crook Peak. On route of Mendip Way adjacent to Strawberry Line. Priddy Green Village green at centre of ancient settlement of Priddy. Hurdle stack on the green is a symbol of the ancient wool trade and Priddy sheep fair. Stockhill Forest and Priddy Mineries –Stockhill Forest – Forestry Commission wood with easy going trail. Priddy Mineries offers walks over old lead workings.

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

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