Stoke Camp (BC reserve)

This reserve is owned by Butterfly Conservation and the management is primarily for the Small Blue butterfly.


This site is an ancient hillfort with steep limestone grassland slopes, in a spectacular location on the Mendip Hills. Rising to a height of 265 m on the Mendip ridge, the top of the hill is surrounded by the earthwork of the Iron Age enclosure and there are splendid views towards Glastonbury Tor in the east or westward down the Severn estuary towards Exmoor

Key Species

Butterflies: Small Blue, Brown Argus, Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Wall Brown, Small Heath. 


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)

April & May

June & July

Small Blue




From the A371 at Draycott village, turn at the brown tourist sign to the Gliding Club onto New Road (which joins up with the B3135 near Priddy). Drive up the very steep hill for about half a mile and park at the pull in on the left side of the road beside the Somerset Wildlife Trust (SWT) Draycott Sleights reserve at ST486513.


Limited roadside parking at the entrance to Draycott Sleights (SWT) reserve.

Public Transport

The 126 bus (Wells to Weston-super-Mare) goes through Draycott village.  But is then a walk up a very steep hill.

Check bus times:



Shop: Community shop in Draycott (The Street)

Toilets:  Cheddar (Station Rd (by Tesco), Dags Hole (Gorge) and Cliff St carpark) or Wedmore (The Borough)

Useful links

Stoke Camp Gallery

These photos have been provided by our members during their visits to Stoke Camp

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