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 in the background
Range: Mendip Hills
Summit: 764 ft ST553667
51°23’51"N, 2°38’38"W

Dundry Hill is a hill in Somerset, immediately south of Bristol: it includes farmland, a small number of houses and a church. It stretches east-west for some two miles.

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.[1] 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 1¾-acre 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,[2] 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.[3]


  1. "Maes Knoll". Wansdyke Project. http://www.wansdyke21.org.uk/wansdyke/wanwesteast/wanwest1.htm. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  2. Haslett, Simon K. (2010). Somerset Landscapes: Geology and landforms. Usk: Blackbarn Books. pp. 92-96. ISBN 9781456416317. 
  3. "Dundry Main Road South Quarry". English Nature. http://www.english-nature.org.uk/citation/citation_photo/1002681.pdf. Retrieved 2006-07-10. 

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