Enjoy a large variety of flora and fauna in this delightful nature reserve in Somerset. The reserve has some nice footpaths with great views over the Mendip Hills and the Somerset Levels to enjoy.
The expansive area of limestone downloand is great for wildlife spotting. Look out for chalkhill blue butterflies, brown hares and birds including skylark and meadow pipit. It's very beautiful in the summer months with wildflowers including bee orchids and horseshoe vetch to enjoy.
You can start your walk from the village of Draycott just south of Cheddar. Follow the waymarked West Mendip way up into the reserve which reaches a height of 270 m (890 ft). From these high points there are wide ranging views over the surrounding countryside.
The West Mendip Way crosses the reserve so you can pick this up to extend your walking in the area. The Rodney Stoke National Nature Reserve is just to the south while heading north will take you to the wonderful Cheddar Gorge.
Also nearby is the lovely limestone nature reserve at Ebbor Gorge.
PostcodeBS27 3SQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Draycott Sleights Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Draycott Sleights Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
In Draycott village there's the Strawberry Special Inn for some post walk refreshments. The pub is situated opposite the disused railway station and includes a room with old railway photos.
There's also the White Hart in nearby Cheddar (Postcode:BS27 3QN). Here you can enjoy a ploughman's lunch and a decent pint of Cheddar Ale in the nice beer garden.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The circular Priddy Walk starts from the interesting village, just to the east of the reserve. It visits the Ebbor Gorge and a series of other local highlights including the ancient Priddy Nine Barrows, the Priddy Mineries Nature Reserve and Wookey Hole. There's also a fine 19th century village inn for some post walk refreshment.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Mendip Hills Walks, Somerset Walks page.