I’m sure local dog owners will agree with me in saying that this hill fort that overlooks the village of Yatton, is a lovely place to walk your dog.
I have always accessed the hill via the car park at the bottom of the hill which is at the end of Henley Lane (see image below). There are a few routes to explore that take you to the top of the hill, some steeper than others depending on how fit and energetic you are feeling! 🙂
What I like most about this walk is the fact that there is open grassland which leads into beautiful deciduous woodland, and the landscape changes throughout the year according to the seasons.
Cadbury Hill is a designated Local Nature Reserve. In 2009, a 19th-century agricultural stock pond – previously hidden by undergrowth – was restored by the Yatton & Congresbury Wildlife Action Group (YACWAG). The Local Nature Reserve comprises ancient semi-natural woodland, scrub and unimproved grassland. Species of interest include marsh tit, noctule bat, slow worm, wood anemone, bluebell, betony, small scabious, rock rose, small leaved lime. On the northern limestone slope grow hundreds of common spotted orchids. The hill fort itself has many ant hills, which are visited by green woodpeckers.
The grassy plateau of the hill fort is owned and managed by Yatton and Congresbury Parish Councils and the rest, including a car park and former landfilled quarry, by North Somerset Council.
One thing to be aware of is that cattle are sometimes at the top of the hill grazing – there are always signs put out advising walkers, but just so you don’t get caught unawares!