The Quantock Hills

The Quantock Hills stretch over forty-square miles from the county town of Taunton to Kilve and West Quantoxhead on the Bristol Channel coast. A far-reaching expanse of diverse natural landscape, they form the western border of Sedgemoor and the Somerset Levels.

A designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and the country’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Quantock Hills offer an almost infinite number of scenic walks and bike rides. The views quite often take your breath away; on a clear day it’s possible to see Glastonbury Tor and The Mendips in the East, Wales across the Channel in the North and the Brendon Hills in the West.

The Hills consist of deeply incised, wooded, coombes and open heather moorland along the ridge. If you’re hoping to see wildlife, you’ll rarely be disappointed; the Quantocks are home to plenty of red deer and herds of Exmoor ponies roam free across the countryside.

The area has always been of great archaeological interest. Evidence of Iron Age forts, Bronze Age barrows and ancient field systems have all been discovered over the years; not to mention a healthy deposit of Roman coins— 670 in total along with 72 pieces of hacksilver— in West Bagborough in 2001.

Over the course of a year, The Quantocks receives up to half-a-million visitors; mainly from those who live on the doorstep of the Hills. With its diverse topography— from Jurassic coasts to heathland summits— you’ll never run out of places to explore.

More info on: www.quantockonline.co.uk.

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