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Hellenge Hill

Lying on the south-facing scarp of the Mendips this reserve has spectacular views across the Somerset Levels and the Bristol Channel.

The calcareous grassland of Hellenge Hill supports rare plants such as honewort and Somerset hair-grass which are only found on the hot southern scarp of the Mendips. Look out also for green-winged orchid, common broomrape, yellow-wort, carline thistle and autumn lady's tresses. Gorse and hawthorn provide good habitat for birds and invertebrates. You may see adders basking on the slopes.

Hellenge Hill is a Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The reserve was purchased with funding from HLF, Wyvern Waste and public donation.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland

Nearby nature reserves

Purn Hill
1 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Walborough
2 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Puxton Moor
6 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Located above the village of Bleadon.
Bleadon
Somerset
Map reference
ST 344 573
Great for...
reptiles
stunning views
Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
22.38 hectares
Status
Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB)
Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI)
Access
Yes

Two access points avaliable at Roman road and Shiplate road. Area hilly and very muddy when wet. Public footpaths allow access to part of the Mendip Way trail. Please contact the Trust for disabled access information
Walking information
Public footpaths allow access to part of the Mendip Way trail. The site is grazed by sheep therefore dogs must be kept on leads.
Parking
Park in layby on Roman Road
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
yes
Reserve manager
Avon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 0117 917 7270
Avon Wildlife Trust