East Harptree Woods

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East Harptree Woods: This area contains three relatively small woods set high on the Mendip Hills. They are predominantly coniferous, dating from the post war years and they form islands in what is an open, exposed landscape.


The ground reveals the rise and fall of lead mining over 2000 years. The Mendip Hills had rich veins of lead running just beneath the surface in seams. These seams or 'rakes' were dug and then reworked over generations as machinery and techniques improved. This activity has led to the industrial wasteland or gruffy ground of lumps, bumps and rock outcrops you see today.

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Mendip Hills, Somerset, Wessex, South West England, England, Great Britain, UK, Europe
Variants:
Mendip Woodlands, Smitham Hill

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Follow the B3135 from Cheddar onto the Mendip Hills. The woodlands lie either side of this road.

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