Grassland home to rare plants like honewort and Somerset hair-grass, with spectacular views across the Somerset Levels.

Location

Roman Rd, Bleadon, Weston-super-Mare BS24, UK
Bleadon
A static map of Hellenge Hill

Know before you go

Size
22 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Public footpaths allow access to part of the Mendip Way trail. The site is grazed by sheep therefore dogs must be kept on leads.

Access

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

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April 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.

Contact us

Avon Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 0117 917 7270

Environmental designation

Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB)
Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI)