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Purn Hill
view of Purn Hill
for rare white rock rose

Purn Hill is part of the western Mendips, and has panoramic views across the Somerset Levels to the Blackdowns and Quantocks.

What to look out for

Purn Hill is home to three plants that are nationally rare or threatened. These are honewort, Somerset hair-grass and white rock rose, which is only found at two sites in the UK - Brean Down being the other one. Ladies bedstraw, dropwort, pale flax, yellow-wort and carline thistle are also found here.

Purn Hill is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and much of the grassland on its slopes is of national importance, found only on a few other sites on the south facing slopes of the Mendips.

Further information
This site was purchased with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Hemmings Waste Management (through landfill tax credits), and the Alan Evans Memorial Trust.


  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

Take the A370 and travel south from Weston-super-Mare. At the Hospital roundabout continue on the A370. Turn left on to Bleadon Hill immediately after the sharp left hand bend and follow the road for roughly 550m. Turn right onto Purn Lane. Follow the Lane until you see the sign for Southleigh Heights and park here. Walk down the Lane, and access to the reserve is on the left through a kissing gate with an AWT reserve sign on it.


Further information
Reserves in this area
Look for...

Darin Smith



Orange tip butterfly

White rockrose

reserve map
reserve map
Reserve map National Cycle Network
Location details
Grid ref
ST 332 573
Area 6.1 hectares
Nearest postcode to reserve BS24 0AL
(0.116 km from grid reference)
Ways into wildlife

Purn Hill 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).