50 things to do in the Quantock Hills

We asked 'what's your favourite thing to do in the Quantocks?' Here's what you told us:

1. Mountain biking - some of the best in the country

2. See the sun set at Hurley Beacon

3. Riding on a nice crisp morning

4. Picking whortleberries in July near Dead Woman's Ditch

5. Walking in the twisted oak woodlands

6. Walk from Kilve to East Quantoxhead and back for a cream tea

7. Wild Wednesdays in the holidays at Fyne Court

8. Walking up to the war memorial trees above Holford, having a thoughtful moment and admiring the view

9. Taking photos of the herds of beautiful red deer

10. Fungi Foray at Durborough Farm (See events page)

11. Hiking the Quantock ridge from Lydeard Hill to Staple Plain

12. Dam building and playing in the streams at Ramscombe, Great Wood

13. Going to see the new born Quantock pony foals in the spring/summer time

14. Fossil hunting at Kilve

15. Walking up to Dowsborough hill fort

16. Watching the buzzards

17. A day out at Hestercombe Gardens

18. Searching for the Shervage Worm!

19. Wandering up Holford Combe

20. Mountain biking followed by a pint of Wills Neck

21. Admiring the views from the beacon at Staple Pain

22. Fish and chip supper on Kilve Beach

23. Listening to Ravens kronking in the mist at at Cothelstone Hill

24. Watching the birds and seeing them racing around enjoying life

25. A pint of Stowey Ale in Nether Stowey

26. Finding secrets about Samuel Taylor Coleridge in the drawers of his bedroom at Coleridge Cottage

27. A barbecue with friends and family at Ramscombe, Great Wood

28. Searching for secret mythical treasure / dragons / beach huts...

29. Sledging in the snow!

30. Walking through the bluebells in May at Cothelstone Hill

31. Den building at Fyne Court

32. Watching the sun go down at Kilve beach on a warm summer's evening

33. Hiking for hours knowing you are in one of the most beautiful and relaxing areas in Somerset

34. Listen to the autumn deer rut in the wooded combes

35. Eating a delicious cream tea with no guilt because you've just walked for miles

36. Walking from Crowcombe to Bicknoller post with a picnic at the top of slaughterhouse combe, listening to the deer rut

37. Walking round East Quantoxhead followed by an ice cream

38. Seeing the waterfall at St. Audries Bay

39. Watching deer in Hodders Combe

40. Geocaching

41. Finding Dorothy Wordsworth's waterfall

42. kite flying

43. Paddle in the streams at Holford

44. Live here!

45. Take a steam train from Bishops Lydeard

46. Build a shelter of branches, lie down among the trees and enjoy the peace

47. Riding up to a cafe, tie up the ponies and get a bowl of chips

48. Exploring Great Wood in the rain - smells great!

49. See the fallen trees in the woods by Cothestone hill and imagine they are dragons

50. Just be here



Photo: c. Dan Brice, Discover Moor http://www.discovermoor.co.uk/

Katy Coate - February 2014

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Greater Quantock Landscape Development Fund

The Quantock Hills AONB Service now has a Greater Quantock Landscape Development Fund providing grants of up to £20,000 to local communities, farmers, landowners and individuals. The fund has been provided by EDF Energy and is part of the mitigation measures associated with the Hinkley Point C development.

Information leaflets

Find out more about the geology of the Quantock Hills AONB, why the heathland is so important for birds, the red deer on the Quantocks and why the history of the landscape is so special.

Other organisations and activities in the Quantocks

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Photography Competition Entry Form

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Policys and Codes of Conduct

Everyone enjoys spending their time on the hills doing different activities. Below are some guidance and policy documents to ensure they are carried out safely and that wider regulations are followed.

Quantock Deer Count Results

Annual deer count results for 2010 to 2017

Quantock Hills and Planning

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Quantock Hills Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) Papers 2014 - 2017

Papers from the partnership committee the Joint Advisory Committee

Quantock Hills Management Plan 2014 - 2019

This is the the Quantock Hills Management Plan 2014 - 2019. It will guide work carried out to protect and enhance the Quantock Hills by the AONB team and all our partners. It has been agreed by the Secretary of State for the Environment and adopted by Somerset County Council, West Somerset Council, Sedgemoor District Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council.

Quantock Hills Visitor Guide

Quantock Hills Visitor Guide

Recreation Leaflets

a full range of leaflets from circular walks to event guides and leaflets to allow you to enjoy the best of the hills

Terms and Conditions for Quantock Hills Facebook page

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Tick Leaflet

Ticks are becoming more common and a bite from this spider-like parasite could lead to Lyme Disease. This is a treatable infection caused by bacterium transmitted by ticks when they bite. Not every tick carries Lyme Disease and it is important to realise that the disease is relatively rare.


Useful Contacts

Quantock AONB Service
Tel: 01823 451 884

Somerset Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01823 652 400

National Trust
Tel: 01823 451 814

Forestry Commission
Tel: 01278 732 319