A grassland reserve with three nationally rare or threatened plants

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

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.

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

Species and habitats


Nearby nature reserves

Hellenge Hill
1 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
1 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Blake's Pools
6 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

1 km west of the village of Bleadon
Map reference
ST 332 573
Great for...
stunning views
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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4.66 hectares

Two access points. Public footpath allows access through site. Steps can be muddy. Grassy slopes can be slippery. Some gates to access walkways. Contact the Trust for disabled access information
Walking information
There is a public footpath that crosses the reserve. Paths and steps may become muddy in winter. Caution due to slopes through out site. Some gates to access walkways.
Car parking is restricted, two areas can be used one at top of hill and one at bottom
Dogs must be on lead
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Reserve manager
Avon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 0117 917 7270
Avon Wildlife Trust


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