The Mendip Hills are a unique and distinctive landscape, from the flat Somerset levels, and lakes of the Chew Valley, rising up through the dramatic limestone slopes to undulating plateau. The hill tops are scattered with hundreds of ancient monuments, whilst on steeper slopes rich grasslands and wooded combes offer diverse habitats for a wide variety of wildlife.
It is little wonder that The Mendip Hills is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The Mendip Hills are situated south of Bristol and Bath, running from Frome in the East to Weston Super Mare in the West. With so much to explore the area is excellent for walking, cycling, fishing and horse riding.
Burrington Combe and Ham to the North are also designated SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) for their exceptional wildlife habitats.
Driving to the south, with views across to Glastonbury Tor, you reach the City of Wells, England’s smallest City, which boasts a stunning Cathedral and hosts a vibrant market twice weekly.
Farm Stay holidays
Farm Stay holiday accommodation offers the ideal base from which to explore this special landscape of steep slopes and undulating plateau with its many spectacular gorges.
Whether you are looking for a short staycation or a longer holiday you will find accommodation to suit all budgets and requirements. From a cosy cottage, to a warm welcoming farmhouse B&B, a quaint shepherd’s hut or simply a caravan pitch, the choice is yours.
The world-famous Cheddar Gorge boasts the highest inland limestone cliffs, so little wonder it is a magnet for rock climbers. The Cheddar Gorge is also well known for its warren of underground caves, along with Wookey cave. If you prefer to stay above ground the climb up Jacobs Ladder to the top of the cliff is worth the effort for the spectacular panoramic views!
The Mendip Way
The Mendip Way (OS Explorer Maps 141 and 153) passes over Crooks Peak, with views across the Somerset Levels and beyond, ideal for keen walkers. Climb up to Black Down trig point, which is the highest point on the Mendips, to take in the wide-open skies with views across to Wales.
Book your holiday with Farm Stay and take time to experience the tranquillity of this incredibly special area.