Where to go and
what to do in Somerset - The Mendip Hills
Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
is located to the south of Bristol. The area includes
the lakes of the Chew Valley and the western and
central parts of the limestone ridge known as
the Mendip Hills. The limestone landscape includes
an open windswept plateau, wooded combes, steeply
cut gorges and flower rich valleys. The area was
designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Hill grid ref: 357578
Lay by providing views of the coast and on the
West Mendip Way. Parking in lay-by. AONB Walk
Cards: Bleadon and Bleadon Hill
Ham/Black Down/Roberrow Forest grid ref: 489581.
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. On
bus route 673. Car parks at top and bottom of
Burrington Coombe. AONB Mountain Bike Trail Guide
Blackdown and Roberrow Forest, AONB Walk Card:
Charterhouse grid ref: 502557
Unique historic lead mining landscape dating from
the Roman period. Excellent for walks. AONB Walk
Card Charterhouse, Netherwood leaflet. On 673
bus route. Car parking at Velvet Bottom, Blackmoor
Reserve and Charterhouse Centre. AONB Walk card:
Chew Valley Lake grid ref: 574613
Lake side area with visitor centre, tearoom, nature
trail, toilets: web site address www.bristolwater.co.uk/leisure.
Crook Peak grid ref: 392550
Distinctive peak. Open grassland site with areas
of gorse and scrub. West Mendip Way passes over
the peak. Car park with picnic tables on Webbington
Deer Leap grid ref: 518492
Open access site with fantastic views over the
Somerset Levels. Excellent for walks, picnics,
flying kites. Car park with picnic tables. AONB
Walk card: Deer Leap.
Ebbor Gorge grid ref: 521485.
Wooded gorge offering variety of walks. Car park.
Harptree Woods grid ref: 552545.
Forest plantation on historic lead mining site.
Car park and picnic tables. Easy going trail to
Smitham Chimney, remnant of the lead mining.
Shelve Hill grid ref: 424548.
Open grassland site offering views over the Somerset
Levels. Parking and picnic tables in Axbridge
lay- by car park.
and Priddy Mineries Reserve grid ref: 547514
Forest plantation with easy going trail. Priddy
Mineries offers walks over old lead workings.
Gorge grid ref: 467539
Dramatic limestone gorge with TIC, shops, pubs,
tearooms, toilets etc situated at the bottom.
Public footpath around the top of the Gorge that
can be joined at Black Rock at top of Gorge, Lion
Rock or Lippiat Lane. Bus service 673 goes through
the Gorge with other services to Cheddar. Car
parks in Cheddar and gorge.
Bottom Reserve grid ref: 502556
Nature reserve part of Charterhouse lead workings
complex of sites. Rough grassland with small areas
of scrub. Reserve links to Black Rock and Longwood
Reserves. Car parking at side of road or in Charterhouse
Centre car park. Short walk from Charterhouse
Centre bus stop. AONB walk card: Charterhouse.
Reserve grid ref 505557
An old lead mining area steeped in history, rough
grassland, heath, wetland and woodland. Industrial
archaeology visible. Netherwood a small woodland
on the reserve has an easy going trail. Car park
and short walk from Charterhouse bus stop. AONB
walk card: Charterhouse,Netherwood leaflet 1.Netherwood
Green grid ref: 527513
Village green at centre of ancient settlement
of Priddy. Two village pubs. Hurdle stack on the
green is a symbol of the ancient wool trade and
annual Priddy sheep fair that takes place second
Wednesday in August. AONB walk card: Deer Leap
Bridge grid ref: 572582
Long lay-by on road that crosses Chew Valley Lake.
Popular for viewing wild waterfowl. Bus Service
673. New Manor Farm teashop on road into Bishop
Wood grid ref: 422561
Ancient woodland with ground flora. Access to
Wavering Down and Crooks Peak. On route of West
Mendip Way, adjacent to Strawberry Line. AONB
walk card: Winscombe Hill.
Hillfort grid ref:450590
Iron age hillfort of great interest for its grassland,
limestone heath vegetation and ancient field systems.
Bus services along A38.Car park.
Rock Reserve grid ref: 474545
Coppiced woodland reserve including old quarry.
Links to Velvet Bottom Reserve. On bus service
673 route and West Mendip Way. Car parking in