A Special Place

The Shape of the Quantocks

The Quantocks are a ridge of hills about 19 km long, 5 km wide and up to 384m high. They have an area of 99 kmĀ². The ridge runs from the north-west to the south-east. The highest land is in the north. The southern hills are gentler. The western slopes are the steepest. The hills are surrounded by lower-lying farmland. Villages nestle round the edges of the hills.

The Look of the Quantocks

The Quantocks are famous for beautiful scenery. The special "look" of the Hills varies from place to place. Scenery and the way we use the land depends on the rocks under it, the soil that forms on top, and the way that water changes things.

  • A buzzard's eye view of the Quantocks from above
    A buzzard's eye view of the Quantocks from above

  • A cow's eye view of the Quantocks from the west
    A cow's eye view of the Quantocks from the west

  • A walker's view of the (rainy) Quantocks from the east
    A walker's view of the (rainy) Quantocks from the east