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Goblin Combe

A contrasting site, with airy grasslands and a dark combe

The airy grasslands above the Combe make a marked contrast to the dark woodland below. A great spot for butterflies, with a magical view across Mendip.

The damp wooded Combe is home to the rare moonwort fern which grows under the old yew trees. The woodland and scrub on the reserve support a thriving population of the hazel dormouse, one of the largest in the area. Goblin Combe is a gorge cut into the limestone by melting snow and ice during the last ice age. Climb steeply to the limestone grassland and patches of heath above. In late summer the grassland is dotted with autumn gentian, autumn lady's tresses and yellow-wort. Over 30 species of butterfly have been recorded here, including grizzled and dingy skippers, brown argus and green hairstreak.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland, Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Cleeve Heronry
1 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Netcott's Meadow
3 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Puxton Moor
4 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Near to the village of Cleeve, the reserve can be accessed from the neighbouring reserve manged by Goblin Combe Environment Centre.
Cleeve
North Somerset
Map reference
ST 607 604
Great for...
butterflies
fungi
lichens and mosses
reptiles
stunning views
Best time to visit
Mar - Jul
Sep - Nov
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
98.51 hectares
Access
Yes

Very steep access, steps and paths can be muddy. Footpaths along the floor of Goblin Combe can be very muddy and slippery. Exercise caution and do not approach cliffs and scree slopes. Contact the Trust for disabled access information
Walking information
Footpaths along the floor of Goblin Combe can be very muddy and slippery. Exercise caution and do not approach cliffs and scree slopes.
Parking
Park in the quarry on Cleeve Hill Road on the left side near the Goblin Combe Environmental Centre
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
yes
Reserve manager
Avon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 0117 917 7270
Avon Wildlife Trust