Dundry Hill

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Dundry Hill
Geograph 2141776 Dundry trig point and church.jpg
The Trig point at the top of Dundry Hill with the top of the tower of Church of St Michael, Dundry in the background
Highest point
Elevation223 m (732 ft)
Prominence170 m (560 ft)
Parent peakBeacon Batch
LocationNorth part of the Mendip Hills, England
OS gridST553667
Topo mapOS Landrangers 172, 182

Dundry Hill is immediately south of Bristol, England: it includes farmland, a small number of houses and a church. It stretches east–west for some two miles. Most of the hill is within the district of North Somerset. At the hill's eastern end the southern slopes are within Bath and North East Somerset, and the northern slopes are within the city and county of Bristol, including the highest point in that county.[1]

The village of Dundry, with its prominent church, is near the summit. At the eastern end is Maes Knoll, near Norton Malreward, an Iron Age hillfort and the start of Wansdyke.[2] To the South lies the Chew Valley.

On the western side of the hill is a spring which becomes the Land Yeo.

Dundry Main Road South Quarry is a 0.7 hectare geological Site of Special Scientific Interest near the village of East Dundry, because of the number of fossils in the inferior oolite. The Main Road Quarry exposes a fine section in the Middle and Upper Inferior Oolite,[3] with the rocks lying stratigraphically below them visible at Barns Batch Spinney. The former characterised by a typically southern English-Normandy fauna, including the rich ammonite occurrences of the "Brown iron-shot", and the latter by contrasting faunas of Cotswold aspect. This contrast is direct evidence for movements of the Mendip Axis in Middle Jurassic times, making this an outstanding site for its bearing on studies of palaeogeography.[4]


  1. ^ "Hill Bagging. Maes Knoll (boundary) [Dundry Hill East]". Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Maes Knoll". Wansdyke Project. Retrieved 2009-03-27.
  3. ^ Haslett, Simon K. (2010). Somerset Landscapes: Geology and landforms. Usk: Blackbarn Books. pp. 92–96. ISBN 9781456416317.
  4. ^ "Dundry Main Road South Quarry" (PDF). English Nature. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-10-13. Retrieved 2006-07-10.

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Coordinates: 51°23′51″N 2°38′38″W / 51.39756°N 2.64391°W / 51.39756; -2.64391