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Dead Woman's Ditch

High on Quantock Common this grim sounding location is a great location to explore the heathlands and ancient oakwood's.

More info:

Dead women's ditch finger post sign.

Best time to visit

In spring the woodland come alive with insects and the arrival of migrating birds. In summer bees and butterflies

Look out for

Red deer, Pied Flycatchers and Redstarts in the woodland, Stonechats and Dartford Warblers in the heathland. Seek out one or more of the 52 scheduled monuments on the Common such as cairns and barrows.

Getting there


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Facilities nearby

Great Wood - toilets, accessible toilet / cafe & refreshements in Nether Stowey or local cafe at entrance to Great Wood

Transport and parking

Parking is avaliable on site for approxately 20 cars.


Number of public rights of way and trackes leave from the car park. Uneven terrain with some steep slopes including cross slopes.

Dead Woman's Ditch is a great place to start a visit to the heart of the Quantock Hills, Quantock Common. The Common is a Site of Special Scentific Interest due to its healthland and oak wood habitat. The Common is full of ancient monuments such as cairns and barrows. The ditch and bank itself is a good example of a cross-dyke covering over 1km in length and associated with an iron-age hillfort and ritual monuments.

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