Quantock Hills AONB

Quantock Hills AONB, Crowcombe, Somerset, England

The Quantock Hills is a range of hills west of Bridgwater in Somerset, England.

The Quantock Hills were England's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, being designated in 1956, and consist of large amounts of heathland, oak woodlands, ancient parklands and agricultural land.

Natural England have designated the Quantock Hills as national character area 144. They are entirely surrounded by NCA 146: the Vale of Taunton and Quantock Fringes.

The hills run from the Vale of Taunton Deane in the south, for about 15 miles (24 km) to the north-west, ending at Kilve and West Quantoxhead on the coast of the Bristol Channel. They form the western border of Sedgemoor and the Somerset Levels.

From the top of the hills on a clear day, it is possible to see Glastonbury Tor and the Mendips to the east, Wales as far as the Gower Peninsula to the north, the Brendon Hills and Exmoor to the west, and the Blackdown Hills to the south.

The highest point on the Quantocks is Wills Neck. Soil types and weather combine to support the hills' plants and animals. In 1970 an area of 6,194.5 acres was designated as a Biological Site of Special Scientific Interest.

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