The Mendip Hills are designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Located on the outskirts of Bristol and Bath, it is well connected with close access to the M4, M5, and Bristol Airport. Less than 10 miles is the historic city of Wells. It is a popular destination for field trips, even attracting universities and colleges from as far away as the United States.
Swallet Farm provides the perfect location for Field Trips for Schools, Colleges and Universities. With 26 bed on-site accommodation, the Geography, Geology and History of the Mendip Hills will literally be on your doorstep. Whether you seek independent study and exploration, or the knowledge and guidance of one of our local experts, the Mendip Hills awaits your visit.
There are two main features of the formation of the Mendips; 4 east to west upfolds which form Blackdown, North Hill, Pen Hill and Beacon Hill, and Thrust Faults where these folding layers of rock have slid above lower layers. As a result, there is surface exposure of Limestone, Sandstone and Basalt. Erosion of the sandstone between the harder limestone, as well as erosion of fissures and cracks has also created an extensive amount of caves underneath the Mendip Hills.
The Mendip hills features an extensive array of both human and environmental geography. From ancient settlements to mining, industry, agriculture and tourism. From landscape formation to rivers, hills, caves, combes and gorges, the Mendips has it all. Whatever aspect of Geography is being studied, it can be found on the Mendips and is waiting to be explored by your students.
The caves of the Mendips were inhabited thousands of years ago. Since then, the area has seen everything from the largest Roman lead mines in Europe to D-Day embarkation checkpoints in World War 2. It even hosted a decoy version of Bristol to deflect enemy bombers. Much of this rich history is evident today. On top of this the historic cities of Wells and Bath are within easy reach.