Mendip Hills AONB

Type:Outdoor Activity/Pursuit Centre

Charterhouse Centre, Blagdon, Bristol, Somerset, BS40 7XR
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The Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was designated in 1972. The Mendip Hills cover a total area of 198 square kilometres with 121 square kilometres within Somerset. They rise to a high plateau around Priddy and Charterhouse, criss-crossed by drystone walls and rich in archaeological remains. The Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers the western and central area of the Mendip Hills range, it extends from Bleadon in the west to Chewton Mendip in the east. The area has two National Nature Reserves (NNRs) and many Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
The Mendip Hills AONB Partnership brings together the five local authorities and others with a management interest to promote the vision for the AONB and implement the AONB Management Plan. The work of the Partnership is coordinated by the Mendip Hills AONB Unit whose web site and monthly e-newsletter includes updates on progress.
The Mendip Hills are popular for a variety of activities including walking, cycling, horse riding, caving, climbing and fishing. The Mendip Hills AONB Unit produces a variety of publications including walks and a Visitor leaflet that can be downloaded. The Mendip Hills online guide is available at
You can find more information on Cycling on the Mendip Hills, including Cycle Hire at


Establishment Features

  • Open All Year

Key Features

  • In countryside


Opening Times

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

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