REQUEST FROM THE RANGERS:
Our Rangers have noticed a significant increase in litter in the last two weeks.
Please be considerate of wildlife, other visitors and local communities by taking your litter home.
The government policy on access green space can be seen here: https://www.gov.uk/…/coronavirus-guidance-on-access-to-gree…
Social distancing and some restrictions remain in place but critically we would like to highlight the section on the Countryside Code, please remember:
Leave no trace of your visit and take all of your litter home
Keep dogs under effective control and on a lead when you are around farm animals and clean up after them - read more: https://www.gov.uk/…/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-people…
Leave gates as you find them and follow instructions on signs
Keep to footpaths/access land and follow signs where they suggest alternative routes
Film by James Marshall - AONB and DofE Award Photo Competition Winner 2016 - 2017
THE QUANTOCK HILLS
The Quantock Hills are an area of wilderness and tranquillity. Panoramic views lead you through coast, heath and combe. Explore and you will find rocky Jurassic coastline, exposed heathland summits, deep wooded combes, undulating farmland and attractive villages all within this protected landscape.
The Quantock Hills are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), which means that its distinctive character, natural beauty and cultural heritage are so outstanding that it is in the nation’s interest to safeguard them. The area received its protected status in 1956. This precious and ancient place with its distinct cultural heritage and village communities is hugely valued locally as a native or adopted homeland and workplace, as well as a favoured educational, recreational and even spiritual resource.
These hills, which are largely privately owned, accommodate up to half a million visits a year, mainly from people who live within sight of them. Physically the Quantocks offer great diversity, reflecting the relationship between the geology, slopes, and exposure of the area and the range of past and present human activities and influences. This jigsaw of varied landscapes gives the Quantock Hills a distinctive character that includes its historic and cultural elements, scenic beauty and upland nature and the range of wildlife interest present.