The Mendips lie to the south of Bristol with some quite subtle mesolithic and some Upper Palaeolithic archaeology. A designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with amazing views, a highlight of this region is Stanton Drew. Despite being the second largest stone circle in Britain (after Avebury) it lies well off the tourist trail. The nearby Druid's Arms has an impressive Neolithic cove in the beer garden (also mentioned in our :Around Bristol section).
Within this landscape lies Cheddar, its gorge and the Iron Age fort at Dolebury. It was also an important area for late Bronze Age and Roman lead mining, remains of mines are visible and make for good exploring.