King’s Wood and Cross Plain is a National Trust ancient woodland and stunning scenic walk in the Mendip Hills near Axbridge and Winscombe. The best part of this walk is that it can easily be extended to either the Strawberry Line or Crook Peak.
King’s Wood is part of the Crook Peak to Shute Shelve Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is rich in wildlife, with varied and interesting ground flora, and even formed part of a medieval ‘royal hunting forest’.
Start off in the small car park just off Winscombe Hill, if it’s busy there are some spaces on the side of the road. Once entering the woodland, you will see an area where mountain bikers usually ride, so be aware that there might be bikers in the woodland. The woodland in spring is lush with a carpet of wild garlic and is lovely to explore. There are different trails to walk such as the West Mendip Way and The Mendip Butcombe Pub Trail.
Walk up the hill to access Cross Plain – a stunning scenic open grassy plain. It’s a bit of an uphill climb, but definitely worth the view once you get to the top!
Please be aware that there is often livestock on Cross Plain, so dogs need to be on a lead or under control. There are ponies on the hill and sheep in nearby fields. Farmers can legally shoot dogs that chase after their sheep. We kept Bella on a lead whilst on the hill even though we didn’t come across any sheep. There are often sheep on Crook Peak though.
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