Blackmoor and Charterhouse

Beacon Batch – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4013

Another walk in the snow on the Mendip Hills in Somerset.  This time around we made our way to the high ground of Beacon Batch via the Blackmoor nature reserve and the tiny village of Charterhouse.

Blackmoor

Charterhouse and Blackmoor are part of the prehistoric lead mining area of the Mendip Hills.  Like Ubley Warren they are covered in gruffy ground – a landscape of hollows, lumps and dumps formed by mine shafts and spoil heaps.

Blackmoor – Mendip Hill, Somerset, UK. id 824_3967

Blackmoor nature reserve, owned by the  Somerset County Council, is a mix of habitats including woodland, ponds and heath.  This makes it great for wildlife which I have visited several times looking for adders.

Blackmoor – Mendip Hill, Somerset, UK. id 824_3991

Blackmoor – Mendip Hill, Somerset, UK. id 824_3999

Blackmoor – Mendip Hill, Somerset, UK. id 824_3996

Charterhouse

The hamlet of Charterhouse sits high in the Mendip Hills.  It has a beautiful location surrounded by nature reserves.

Charterhouse – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4011

The Church of St Hugh at Charterhouse sits at the top of the winding road up from Velvet Bottom.

Charterhouse – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_3836

This lane leads down to the small car park at Blackmoor.

Charterhouse – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_3886

And Finally…

The cattle walk the line back to Warren Farm near Charterhouse.

Walking the Line - Nr Charterhouse, Somerset, UK. ID DSCN7789

Walking the Line – Nr Charterhouse, Somerset, UK. ID DSCN7789

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