Crook Peak

Crook Peak is one of the largest areas of open land on the Mendips. It rises 191m above the Levels and has breath taking views over Somerset. This site together with Cross Plain and Shute Shelve Hill are owned by the National Trust. 


There are a wide range of habitats including semi-natural broadleaved woodland, unimproved calcareous grassland and a complex mosaic of calcareous grassland and acidic dry dwarf-shrub heath, some with a restricted distribution in Britain. Paths are very steep in places and can be very muddy and slippery when wet. Walking shoes are recommended.

Key Species

Butterflies: Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Dark Green Fritillary, Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Grayling, Wall Brown.

Moths: Seen on the August 2022 guided walk: Humming-bird Hawk-moth,  Pyrausta cingulata, and July Belle.

Walk leaflet

For further information about the walk, please download our walk leaflet.

Species you may see

Please check the flight times for any species you particularly want to see.  (species pages)


Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Orange-tip, Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper, Common Blue

May & June

Speckled Wood, Grizzled Skipper,  Dingy Skipper, Common Blue, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Large White, Small White, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary.

July & August

Grayling, Wall, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Marbled White, Large White, Small Skipper, Silver-washed Fritillary, Brimstone, Dark-green Fritillary,  Small Copper.


Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Large White, Small White, Red Admiral, Comma


Entrance is on the road between the villages of Cross and Loxton towards the Webbington Hotel. 


Recommended to park at the large lay-by on the Webbington Road at ST 392 550.

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Public Transport

The nearest bus stops are at Cross (service 48) or on the A38 at Shute Shelve (Falcon) – where you can walk along the West Mendip Way (Kings Wood across Wavering Down to Crook Peak).

Check bus times:

South West Falcon coach (Plymouth, Exeter, Cullompton, Wellington, Taunton, Bristol Airport and Bristol city centre):


Axbridge is the nearest town

Toilets - Axbridge (Moorland St) - just off the Town Square.

Useful links

National Trust – Mendip Hills.


Crook Peak Gallery

These photos have been provided by our members during their visits to Crook Peak

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