Pen Hill

Pen Hill

Pen Hill can be see from Ashwick, or at least, the Television transmitter can be! 

Pen Hill is located in St Cuthbert Out civil parish and is a high hill, the summit being some 305 metres (1001ft) above sea level.   Apart from the 281 metres (922ft) high mast, there are ancient remains on the hill, in the form of a neolithic Long barrow which has been listed as Scheduled Ancient Monument, and a post medieval pillow mound thought to have been built specifically for rabbit breeding.

The name Pen is believed to be Celtic for hill or tor.

Pen Hill provides spectacular views in all directions, particularly to the South, with excellent views down to the City of Wells and Wells Cathedral.  On clear day it is often possible to see across Somerset to the Blackdown Hills, Quantock Hills and Brendon Hills.

Pen Hill television mast.   photo by J Sommer