This is one of England’s most special places – the limestone Mendip Hills with the lakes of the Chew Valley is a stunning landscape of steep slopes and undulating plateau punctuated by spectacular gorges and rocky outcrops.
On the hilltops there are hundreds of ancient monuments, whilst on steeper slopes flower rich grasslands and wooded combes offer varied habitats for a wide variety of wildlife.
In recognition of its special qualities the area has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). One of 46 AONBs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland these nationally protected landscapes managed through local Partnerships on behalf of the nation.
The website has lots of wonderful maps with detailed instructions for walks across this amazing countryside.
Maps - http://www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk/visiting-the-mendip-hills/walking/
Homepage - http://www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk/