Chaffinch - Amy Lewis

Withial Combe is mainly comprised of a remote, steep-sided ancient wooded ravine together with two small meadows great for woodland flowers and birds.


Withial Coombe,
Withial Hill,
West Pennard

OS Map Reference

ST 570 375
A static map of Withial Combe

Know before you go

10 hectares

Parking information

Limited parking at ST 576 376

Grazing animals


Walking trails

Sections of narrow or uneven path with unprotected steep drops. Some areas can be very slippery in bad weather. Watch out for site management activities.


Contact the Trust for access information


Dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to July

About the reserve

This reserve is mainly comprised of one area of ancient woodland in a steep-sided ravine. The woodland is mainly Ash, Oak, Hazel and Field Maple. There are also two small fields with flower rich grassland; please note the two fields are separated by a field which does not belong to the trust. The largest block of woodland is situated in a very deep gully running east – west along the Pennard ridge.

A significant feature of the reserve is the waterfall at the western end of the reserve where the two woodlands and their streams come together. The woodland flora is particularly rich due to the humid nature of the ravines, which creates ideal conditions for ferns, mosses and lichens.

In early summer Wood Anemones, Bluebells and Wild Garlic make spectacular displays. Opposite Leaved Saxifrage grows along the stream sides. These woodlands are home to a good range of birds such as Chaffinch, Wren, Great and Blue Tits, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Jay, Song Thrush and in summer Chiff Chaff come to breed in the scrub. There is also a small Rookery in the trees.

The meadows, which are damp, contain a rich mix of wild flowers including Betony, Devil’s Bit Scabious, Greater Stitchwort and Ragged Robin. Small Tortoishells and Green Veined Whites are common.

Contact us

Somerset Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01823 652400

Withial Combe documents