Know before you go
Public footpaths allow access to part of the Mendip Way trail. The site is grazed by sheep therefore dogs must be kept on leads.
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
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to August
About the reserve
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.