Blackdown Hills

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The AONB covers 370 sq kilometres and sits between 150 and 310 metres above sea level. The area has three major river valleys, the Otter, Culm and Yarty.

The northern escarpment
This part of the AONB is dramatically steep and well wooded. The linear east-west topography is emphasised by the straight road running along the top. Small hedged fields are a feature. View point: Quarts Moor, National Trust Car Park

Wooded ridge
This is the softer, rolling end of the escarpment to the east. Here you will find extensive woodland including conifer plantations. Avenues of mature beech trees are banked along side roads. View point: Staple Hill Car Park (Neroche Forest)

Upland plateau
Here gently undulating land is crossed by long straight roads bounded mostly by beech hedges and isolated mature trees. View Point: Dunkeswell airfield

Rolling ridgeland
The landscape here is similar to the plateau, but has a rolling topography with smaller fields. Avenues of trees line the roadsides and you will find views across the valleys. View point: Half Moon Inn car park, Clayhidon

River valleys
Heavily wooded upper slopes spill down into pasture, hedge and hedgerow trees in the valleys. Here you will find small winding roads and isolated farmsteads. View point: Culmstock Beacon

For more detailed information about the landscape of the Blackdown Hills, download the Management Plan or contact the AONB office

Parks serve as the spot that brings your community and visitors together to chill and enjoy the beauty of nature while engaging in their activities, or just relaxing. A good park has room for all ages and classes, and suitable for everyone

Community Parks Blackdown Hills

Nothing adds beauty to a place better than flowers do. Natural trees and flowers can provide multiple combinations of beautiful colors that can keep people gazing and admiring. Combining the colors in the right manner makes the entire difference.

Plant Trees and Flowers Blackdown Hills

Lighting on its own creates a beautiful pattern at night that photographers spend time capturing. If you have street lights lining up along the street at night, it adds so much beauty to that street at night.

Use Appropriate Lighting Blackdown Hills

Create more, and shorter walkable and bikeable paths, connecting possibly everywhere in your community and give everyone good reasons to rather walk. Ensure each walking path is faster than the driving distance and easily accessible.

Create More walkable and Bikeable Paths Blackdown Hills