The Blackdown Hills really are a hidden gem, where Somerset meets Devon! The area is classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), but due to their location directly adjacent to the East Devon AONB and being less well known than neighbouring national parks like Exmoor, the area is much less touristy. As a result there are a number of hidden gems in the area, which are well worth a visit. Here are our favourites:
Otterhead Lakes Local Nature Reserve:
On the site of a former Victorian Estate, there is a lovely circular walk, taking in the two main lakes and surrounding nature reserve. The lakes can be accessed within a 5 minute walk of The Croft, or there is a designated car park. As the name suggests, these two lakes are fed by the source of the River Otter.
Originally one of a chain of Elizabethan beacons used to warn of advancing enemies, the view from here and the surrounding common is exceptional. There are lots of walks available to this point, great for getting some fresh air with your four legged friend!
Wellington Monument is a 175ft high, grade II* listed, triangular obelisk. The monument stands as a tribute to the Duke of Wellington and his victory at the Battle of Waterloo. Having been recently renovated by the National Trust, it is well worth a visit and there are lots of walks for all abilities at the site. Also a great location for a picnic with scenic views.
Tours can be booked directly with the National Trust - car park available on site.
Where is your favourite place to visit in the Blackdown Hills? We would love to know.
There are so many more places to see in the Blackdown Hills, further details of which can be found on the AONB website, Places to see - Blackdown Hills AONB
If you would like to come and explore the area The Croft is the perfect base to do so.