Mendip Hills Guidebooks and Maps
Below, RambleFest displays details of Mendip Hills guidebooks and maps, and provides the facility for buying them online.
Stretching eastward from the Bristol Channel, the imposing 300-m ridge of the Mendip Hills (also know as “The Mendips”) rise like a rampart above the Somerset Levels.
The Mendips’ most dramatic landscape is in the centre of the AONB, site of the famous Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole Caves. The Mendips rise to a high, bare plateau around Priddy and Charterhouse, criss-crossed by drystone walls and rich in archaeological remains. Other areas of the AONB are well-wooded with a prosperous farmland fringe.
The AONB, with two National Nature Reserves and many Sites of Special Scientific Interest, contains varied and important natural habitats including limestone pastures, ancient woodland and the gorge cliffs themselves with their rare flora. The Mendip plateau is particularly rich in ancient Bronze, Iron Age, Roman and medieval field monuments.
Mendip Hills Guidebooks
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“Both scenically and historically, Somerset and Wiltshire rank as two of the most attractive and interesting counties in Britain. Landscapes range from the breezy heights of the Mendips to the flat meadows of the Somerset Levels, and from the rolling chalk uplands of the Marlborough Downs to the mudflats and sandy expanses that fringe the Bristol Channel coast. Walkers can experience a variety of such terrains in this guide. The region boasts Europe’s greatest concentration of prehistoric monuments such as those at Avebury and Stonehenge, and sites that inspired a host of romantic myths and legends, from King Arthur to Alfred the Great.”
– Pathfinder Somerset, The Mendips and Wiltshire Outstanding Circular Walks
“When travelling north-east across the Somerset Levels and Moors the eye is drawn to the dark mass of the Mendip Hills, a Carboniferous Limestone ridge which rises abruptly from the flatness of its surroundings. The spectacular chasm of Cheddar Gorge slices through the southern escarpment, the rock-cut recesses within bearing witness to thousands of years of human activity. Bringing together a wide variety of new and past research, The Historic Landscape of the Mendip Hills explores the archaeology and architecture of this remarkable corner of England, beginning with evidence for the first hunting groups who passed through the region over half a million years ago. Succeeding generations have left their mark on the Hills, from the enigmatic ceremonial structures of the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age, to the ancient farming landscapes and brooding hill forts of the later prehistoric period. Field archaeology, combined with architectural and historical enquiry, has also allowed a complex narrative to be constructed for more recent periods of history. This is a story dominated by adaptation and change, evidenced by the developing architecture of manorial centres and the shadowy remains of earlier structures fossilised within village houses, or by flights of abandoned terraces of former strip fields and the unassuming ruins of farmsteads which bear testament to the people who once worked and occupied the land. Richly illustrated with photographs, maps, detailed plans and reconstruction drawings, this volume presents a synthesis of the results of recent fieldwork undertaken by English Heritage and traces this region’s remarkable past, revealing ways in which it has shaped the landscape we see and value today.”
– The Historic Landscape of the Mendip Hills
Mendip Hills Maps
The Ordnance Survey `Explorer’ map is available in standard quality (shown), as well as the all-weather type.