The mining past of Ubley Warren

Ubley Warren was once an area of mining in the Mendip Hills. Lead was mined at Ubley Warren in Roman times, continuing through to the 19th century. The most visible mining remnants are rakes cut into the limestone rocks and some deep mineshafts.

Underground lies a world of passages and caves, with interesting rock formations, stalactites, stalagmites and flowstones. It's required to be an experienced caver to have permission to access these places.

Ubley Warren became a nature reserve in the 20th century. The limestone cliffs and the lead-rich soil are home to mosses, liverworts, lichens and ferns, some of which are rare. A good variety of wildlife also calls this place home, including bats, butterflies, among others.

Ubley Warren is located near the hamlet of Charterhouse in England. The best time to visit the nature reserve is between April and August.

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