the blackdown hills
The Blackdown Hills is an almost secret area with a very precious and unique landscape. Few people realise the extent of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where narrow lanes are virtually historical monuments dating back centuries.
It straddles the Devon/Somerset border and the M5 and A303 skirt the north and south which has allowed the area to remain largely unspoilt.
The Blackdowns AONB is surrounded by towns with Wellington in the north the nearest to Clayhidon. Taunton is around 7 miles away and going round in a circle Ilminster, Chard, Axminster, Honiton, Cullompton and Tiverton are reached.
The area is an agricultural plateau dotted with villages and hidden valleys such as the