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Explore Stockhill Wood
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

Stockhill interpretation panel, Mendips

Stockhill is a pre-dominantly coniferous woodland within the Mendip Hills AONB and is renowned for its nightjar and long-eared owl populations.

There is a medium sized car park, a small number of picnic benches and a circular easy access trail

The ground reveals the rise and fall of lead mining over 2000 years. The Mendip Hills had rich veins of lead running just beneath the surface in seams. These seams or 'rakes' were dug and then reworked over generations as machinery and techniques improved. This activity has led to the industrial wasteland or gruffy ground of lumps, bumps and rock outcrops you see today.

What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Would have given it five but was disgusted with how much dog mess there was. It was a busy day as we went for a Boxing Day walk. I watched 3 people let their dogs mess and not pick it up. After that we stopped walking on the paths because I was so annoyed about it I was struggling to enjoy myself :(

Katherine, 24/Jan/2017

We are sorry to hear that your enjoyment of the woodland was ruined by a select number of irresponsible dog owners. The mess had improved a lot in this woodland and so this is sad to hear. We will ensure we visit more regularly at peak times like this and continue to promote responsible dog ownership on site.

Forestry Commission Response

Looks like you have a Christmas Tree thief. Came across a random smalltree that had been lopped half way up, then the top had been cut off and the remnants left by the side of the path. Perhaps people should be aware and keep an eye open, in case the thief has the gaul to take another one.

Alan, 8/Dec/2016

Thank you for making us aware of this issue. We will certainly keep an eye on this and increase our visits to the site.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Many thanks for your previous reply and it was good to see that the restrictive height barrier has also been removed.

Also the dog mess issue while not complete gone, it was significantly better than on my last visit.

Lovely piece of Woodland and while not as big as Haldon Forest, it probably has the scope for a small children's MTB course/skills area to compliment the main Forest Trails.

Thank you for all your great work. Look forward to visiting as often as possible, as not to far away.

John, 14/Nov/2016

Thank you for your comments. It is always nice to hear that we have been able to make a difference. We will continue our work to improve dog mess and are pleased with the response so far! Thank you

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