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Explore East Harptree
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.8/5)

Smitham Chimney and pond at East Harptree WoodA small conifer woodland with historic interest, situated in the Mendip Hills.

There is a short hard surfaced walking trail from the car park to the Smitham Chimney. In front of the Chimney there is a pond where you can see dragonflies in the summer months. There are also fine views of the Chew Valley from the grassland area nearby.

 

The Smitham Chimney is a relic of Mendip's industrial past. The Cornish-style chimney survived when the site closed in 1875 and was saved from complete destruction in 1973 by The Mendip Society and Somerset County Council.

The project to improve the area around the chimney is a partnership between the Forestry Commission, the Mendip Society, the Mendip Hill AONB Service, Countryside Agency and Aggregate Industries.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Absolutely love this woods. I live 1 minute walk away from the woods and I have loved playing and exploring in the woods since I can remember, its my home. It's so nice to see the new path with the bridges is in place and the decreasing dog mess. Will always love visiting these woods.

Local villager, 27/Aug/2016

Thank you so much for your comments. We have been working hard to promote responsible dog ownership and it is wonderful to know that people are now using the new boardwalks. We hope you continue to enjoy your visits!

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Absolutely love this woods. I live 1 minute walk away from the woods and I have loved playing and exploring in the woods since I can remember, its my home. It's so nice to see the new path with the bridges is in place and the decreasing dog mess. Will always love visiting these woods.

Local villager, 27/Aug/2016

Thank you so much for your comments. We have been making efforts to improve the dog mess. We are also pleased that the new boardwalks are allowing people to access more areas of the woodland.

Forestry Commission Response
2 Stars 2 Stars

Lovely walk, with great bird spotting opportunities. However its slightly ruined by an very messy farm at the bottom of the trail that leads to Smithams Hill Road. Farmer charging around on a tractor made us feel very unwelcome and a little threatened

Anonymous, 17/May/2016
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OS Grid ref: ST557541

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