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Dolebury Warren, Bristol

#18 of 28 in Historic Sites in Bristol
Ruin · Hidden Gem · Monument
Dolebury Warren is a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest and ancient monument near the villages of Churchill and Rowberrow in North Somerset, part of South West England. It is owned by the National Trust, who acquired the freehold in 1983, and managed by the Avon Wildlife Trust.
Standing on a limestone ridge on the northern edge of the Mendip Hills, it was made into a hill fort during the Iron Age and was occupied into the Roman period. The extensive fort covers with single or double defensive ramparts around it. The name Dolebury Warren comes from its use during the medieval or post medieval periods as a rabbit warren. The topography and differing soil types provide a habitat for an unusually wide range of plants, attracting a variety of insects, including several species of butterfly.
The site is at the top of a Carboniferous Limestone ridge on the northern edge of the Mendip Hills. It forms part of the Black Down Pericline where the limestone has been exposed because of erosion of the overlying Triassic Dolomitic Conglomerate. The soil depth varies considerably, owing to the slope within the site and the effects of its exposure to the wind.
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  • Lovely place for a walk, alway quiet and wonderful views on a clear day. Nothing too hard so open to any fitness leave.  more »
  • We had a lovely day out there walking the hills and exploring the outside. Parking was easy, different walks for all abilities and fun for all ages. Perfect for picnic No toilets  more »

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