Visitors on the busy M5 and A303 roads travelling towards Dartmoor and Exmoor in the West Country, might not realise they are missing seeing the tranquil and relatively isolated area on the border between Somerset and Devon.
The Blackdown Hills span 15 miles in each direction and although small compared to other AONBs, they are rich in wildlife and heritage. The unique geology of the area gives rise to a wide variety of habitats.
The geology along with the climate has shaped its history. Steep ridges, high plateaux, river valleys and springs create a delightful mosaic of countryside.
To enjoy a panorama, climb Staple Hill or Castle Neroche for amazing views.
You might even possibly see beavers at the river Otter.
If you’re looking for a B&B, take a look at this! SUMMER LODGE is a friendly B&B nestled in the Black Down Hills surrounded by tranquil Devon countryside and is superbly located for access to the Jurassic Coast! Click on this link to find out more!