Mendip Hills

View from top of Cheddar Gorge

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Our countryside space is open. We ask all visitors to follow government guidance on travel and social distancing to keep everyone safe.

Dramatic gorges and ancient woodland rising above the Somerset Levels

Mendip Hills

Things to see and do

Walking along the coast in autumn

Visiting coast and countryside in the South West: what you need to know 

We look forward to welcoming you to the coast and countryside around the South West. We care for beautiful countryside, from Cornwall's sandy beaches to Dorset's heathland, and you can help us to keep them safe and enjoyable by following a few simple guidelines during your visit and observing the Countryside Code.

Mendip Hills - Kings Wood

Tor Hill Woods

This old woodland is a beautiful backdrop to the city of Wells. There is a mosaic of paths to explore through the woods which provide beautiful views of Wells Cathedral. To get here use the postcode BA5 2XP, parking is available nearby.

A view from Crook Peak

Crook Peak to Kingswood

Crook Peak is one of the largest areas of open land on the Mendips. It rises 191m above the Levels and has breath taking views over Somerset. There are multiple places to park such as; Cross (Kings Wood), North Quarry, Barton Road and Webbington Road.

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Shute Shelve Hill

Further along the limestone ridge from Crook Peak is Shute Shelve Hill. It is a great place to explore and is used by hikers, dog walkers and horse riders. Around the hill are hints of the past with a Saxon boundary bank track and ditch. To get here use the postcode BS26 2EA.

Mendip Hills


Mendip Hills

Our work

Stone walling at Crook Peak

Our work at Crook Peak in the Mendip Hills 

Find out more about the National Trust's important environmental work at Crook Peak in the Mendip Hills, Somerset.

A healthy tree

Ash dieback in Somerset 

Forestry works will be commencing in 2020 to help tackle the effects of the Ash dieback disease.