The North facing backs of Cockles Wood are covered in the Garlic scent of Ramsons.
On the outcrop of Cockles Wood facing Benter is a cave like hollow under the protective roots of a guarding Hornbeam Tree.
Known as Benter Cavelet it is possibly the site excavated by Abbot of Downside, where he found Bronze Age remains around 1920.
More details about Benter Cavelet on Mendip Cave Registry.
In Cockles Wood there are some fantastic juxtapositions of rock and root, where the roots have grown so closely, sometimes it’s hard to tell which is which.
Tree roots growing around the rocks
Two trunked tree. Or is it? I had to look closely!
Hornbeam roots growing down into the rocks of Benter Cavelet
The “foot” of a large Hornbeam tree has grown round the rocks in Cockles Wood
The Dolomitic Conglomerate that undelies Cockles Wood has a long cliff face containing many crags and rifts.
One of the largest rifts is known as Cockles Wood Lower Cave. This was excavated by a team from Downside School between 1947 and 1950. The team found Neolithic and Bronze Age remains.
More details of the cave on Mendip Cave Registry.