Blackdown Hills

Blackdown Hills

  • A large area of beautiful landscape
  • Home to a variety of wildlife
  • Excellent local food and produce

The Blackdown Hills are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty forming the landscape on the Devon / Somerset border.The Blackdown Hills cover some 350 sq. km extending from Wellington in the north to Honiton in the south and from Cullompton in the west to Chard in the east. Containing steep ridges, high plateaus, valleys and springs all of which create a stunning mosaic of countryside dotted with farms, villages and ancient features. The Hills have been protected as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty since 1991. The remarkable amount of historical and archaeological remains surviving in the Blackdown Hills is one of the reasons this landscape is protected. The landscape has been shaped and modified by man, from early hunters to modern farmers.The area is perfect for walks, cycling and horse riding. Covering a large area there is plenty to see and do. Local food is excellent and there are plenty of local Inns, restaurants and cafes throughout the area. When visiting the area take time to see the following sites: the Coldharbour Mill Museum at Uffculme, Wellington Monument at Hemyock and the Otterhead Estate at Otterford.

For places to stay in Devon, as a base from which to visit the Blackdown Hills and the surrounding area, please see: Country House Hotels in Devon , Coastal Hotels in Devon , Spa Hotels in Devon , Bed & Breakfasts in Devon or Self-Catering Cottages in Devon

The Blackdown Hills offer grassland, heathland, meadow and mire to host a great variety of wild life. Barn owls and nightjar enjoy the sanctuary of the sparsely populated hills. The Heath Spotted Orchid and the Green Winged Orchid are among the rare plants hiding there. The woodlands are made up of ash, English oak, hazel and grey willow and are home to the dormouse and common lizard. The Blackdown Hills also support an extensive range of butterfly.

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