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Dramatic gorges and ancient woodland rising above the Somerset Levels

The Mendip Hills run east-west across Somerset from Frome to Brean Down. Inside they are hiding fascinating secrets such as underground caves and rivers, making the hills a popular centre for caving.

From the outside they reveal centuries of history from the pre-historic at Cheddar to the Iron-Age at Brent Knoll and a Victorian fort at Brean Down.

They are fantastic places for walking, cycling and horse riding and the views from the top of these hills are truly breathtaking.

The hills are also a haven for wildlife, particularly if you are interested in butterflies and wild flowers.


The Mendips offer something for everyone from 1 mile meanders at Huckers Bow to longer, steeper climbs at Cheddar Gorge. You're never far away from a spectacular view and a peaceful place to sit.

Wild about wildlife

Cheddar gorge is the only place in the world you'll see the beautiful Cheddar pink flower and Kingswood is a fabulous place to listen to the dawn chorus.

Eating & shopping

Pop inside the Cheddar shop and information centre

Our shops at Brean Down and Cheddar Gorge offer local information as well as that all important bucket and spade or souvenir. Brean Down is also home to our café - why not treat yourself to an ice-cream?

Crook Peak, so good they named it twice  © Jim Elliott

Crook Peak, so good they named it twice

Somerset explorers

If you fancy a day at the seaside then head to Brean Down or for breath taking views head to Cheddar Gorge, Brent Knowle or Crook Peak. The word crook is said to mean peak or pointed hill so in effect its name is peak peak. If you fancy exploring further afield,  Glastonbury Tor and the Polden Hills are close by. Collard Hill, famous for the rare large blue butterfly is also  well worth the trip in June.