Mendip Hills

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Mendip Hills,

range of hills, c.25 mi (40 km) long, across N Somerset, SW England, extending SE from the vicinity of Hutton to the Frome valley. Primarily limestone, the hills have numerous caves (Wookey Hole, Cheddar Caves), some of which show signs of prehistoric occupation. In the hills are ruins of Roman lead mines, an amphitheater, and a Roman road. The gorges near Cheddar are particularly notable. Livestock raising and quarrying are important there.
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Mike Chipperfield, a volunteer warden and admirer of the Mendip Hills AONB for more than 30 years, explains that one of the small plateaus visible near Charterhouse is actually the remains of a military fort built to control the lead production.
As in the nearby Quantock Hills, the Mendip Hills AONB seems well frequented by locals.
In 2003, Ecotricity, a green-energy company, submitted a proposal to the local council to erect a 102-metre wind turbine on the edge of the Mendip Hills AONB, near Chewton Mendip.