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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?

2 Stars 2 Stars

The pond and the chimney are well worth the visit but be prepared to be disappointed by the rest of the place. It's a horrible mess of mud tracks churned up by the heavy vehicles which transport the timber from what is essentially a log factory. It's far more industrial than anyone has described here. All of it is poorly signed. The East Harptree broadleaf section is better.

Anonymous, 11/Mar/2017

We are sorry you were disappointed by your visit. We have had very recent felling in this woodland. Our woodlands are managed for timber as well as wildlife and people and the woodland will soon recover.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Discovery this magical place with my family over the Christmas period 2016. A really beautiful tranquil site. Very special. We our responsible dog walkers and cleared up after our puppy and took our mess home. But I would plead for some sympathetically rustic designed dog waste bins, as I know many dog owners are not like us. If bins are provided people will use them. No bins, then people won't. This place needs to be kept as magical and special as it isl We loved the board walks and the Chimney and pond, Plus the fantastic Bogs and mossy glades Thank you!

urban visitor, 8/Jan/2017

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit to East Harptree. Dog mess bins come at a cost for installation and continued servicing and are only really practical to have in the car park where access is easy. There are no current plans to put bins into this woodland but instead we monitor it regularly and promote responsible dog ownership on site.

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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!

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