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Goblin Combe
for shady valley and airy views

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.

What to look out for

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.

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.


Footpaths along the floor of Goblin Combe can be very muddy and slippery. Exercise caution and do not approach cliffs and scree slopes.


  Getting there by
Bike View a location map of the reserve on the National Cycle Network website.
Public transport Go to www.traveline.org.uk

Follow the A370 to Cleeve village. Turn onto Cleeve Hill Road and follow the road for about 1/4 mile. Parking is available in the old quarry car park, which is on the left-hand side of the road just past the junction for Goblin Combe Environment Centre. Follow signs for the woodland track running at the bottom of the valley through the Goblin Combe Environment Centre Reserve until you reach signs for the AWT Goblin Combe Reserve.


Further information
Reserves in this area
Look for...

Autumn lady's tresses
Steve Nicholls

Darin Smith

Richard Burkmarr

Limestone fern

Green hairstreak
Mike Dimery


reserve map
reserve map
Reserve map National Cycle Network
Location details
Grid ref
ST 471 652
Area 9.0 hectares
Nearest postcode to reserve BS40 5PR
(0.469 km from grid reference)
Ways into wildlife

Goblin Combe is one of our Top 10 nature reserves!

Download a detailed walk for this reserve here (PDF).

Download the full Top 10 Reserves Guide (PDF).