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Understanding

A unique combination of landscape, wildlife and heritage makes the Blackdown Hills a place of national importance and interest.

A range of landscape patterns forms a complex and beautiful visual mosaic. It is an unspoilt rural area relatively undisturbed by modern development, a stronghold for some rare habitats and precious species.

The shape of the landscape is a result of a unique geology, shared with the neighbouring East Devon AONB. This is what gives the place its flat plateaux, sharp ridges and spring-lined valleys.

There is also great architectural value in the small, traditional hamlets and isolated farmsteads, as well as more ancient features such as hill forts.

You can learn more about the landscape, its wildlife and history on one of our enjoyable guided walks and events which run throughout the year. For details see the events diary

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Walk, cycle and ride on our suggested routes around the Hills.

Click here to see all routes.

Planning a visit or looking for something to do this weekend? Check the Diary of Events here


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