Blackmoor and Charterhouse
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.
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 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.
The hamlet of Charterhouse sits high in the Mendip Hills. It has a beautiful location surrounded by nature reserves.
The Church of St Hugh at Charterhouse sits at the top of the winding road up from Velvet Bottom.
This lane leads down to the small car park at Blackmoor.
The cattle walk the line back to Warren Farm near Charterhouse.