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Explore Mendip Woodlands
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Stockhill Wood

This area contains three relatively small woods set high on the Mendip Hills.

They are predominantly coniferous, dating from the post war years and they form 'islands' in what is an open, exposed landscape.

East Harptree has a short surfaced trail leading to the Smitham Chimney and also has fine views nearby of the Chew Valley. Stockhill is a popular spot for walkers and has its own circular easy access path. A third wood, Rowberrow, is leased by the Commission and is a conifer woodland set on a hillside.

What do other visitors say?

Interested to know about "lease" at Rowberrow and impact of rights of way... Worried about speeding local trucks going through, esp with students doing DoE.

PJB, 17/Sep/2017

The forestry commission have a long term lease for the timber in Rowberrow Warren but the land remains under private ownership. This means that members of the public entering the woodland must stick to the Public Rights of way. Some third parties may also have access to the woodland but all vehicles should abide by the 15 mph speed limit.

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I drove an hour tovisit this forest today to take my dog for a run and was hugely disappointed that, bar the short route down to the chimney, the rest of the paths were practically unpassable and when they were I was either knee high in mud or trying to walk/run on logs with foliage still on, shredding my legs. I totally understand that you are doing work to the forest, but if you are unable to maintain the paths whilst doing so, please close it to the public as it is dangerous. Hugely disappointed.

Anonymous, 25/Feb/2017

We are sorry that you were disappointed. Work has been done to restore the paths and more work will follow.

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