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Explore East Harptree
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.2/5)

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?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Great short walk with baby and dog, paths are well kept to and from the chimney and the main gravel path- off piste is too muddy this time of year! Will definitely visit again.

Lizzie, 9/Nov/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

Had a brilliant time watching Blackcaps, Goldcrests, and Great crested newts, so peaceful could of stated there all day.

Thank you.

Mark Rich., 21/May/2017
4 Stars 4 Stars

Really enjoyable family walk with a toddler this afternoon, paths all in good condition and the spring birdsong was lovely and relaxing. Could do with a map near the car park to make it clear what route options there are though.

Aimee, 23/Apr/2017
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