GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Mendip Hills Walks

Explore these magnificent limestone hills in Somerset and enjoy fabulous views, fascinating geological features and interesting historical sights.

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Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Blagdon Lake1 miles (1.5 km)Along the northern end of this large lake you'll find a lovely footpath running along the lake shore and through the lakeside woodland. On open days you can also visit the Discovery Wood where you can see roe deer, badgers, foxes and otters. There are nesting boxes for owls, tits and kestrels too. On the nature trail there are wildflower meadows with Green winged orchid, knapweeds, white ox-eye daisies and pink devils bit. View Full Details>>
Bleadon Hill2 miles (3.5 km)Enjoy great views to the Somerset Levels and coast on this climb to Bleadon Hill. As well as the views there's lots of flora and fauna to enjoy. Look out for plants including wild thyme, common spotted orchid, pyramidal orchid and bee orchid. You may also see Buzzards flying overhead. View Full Details>>
Brean Down2 miles (4 km)Explore this beautiful natural pier and enjoy wonderful coastal views on this walk on the Somerset coast. The promontory stands at 318 feet (97m) highand is a continuation of theMendip Hills. As such there is some climbing involved but you are rewarded with wonderful views of theBristol Channel, south Wales and Weston Super Mare. At the seaward end you will find Brean Down Fortwhich was built in 1865 and then re-armed in theSecond World War. View Full Details>>
Burrington Combe2 miles (3 km)Explore this fascinating carboniferous limestonegorge on this walk in the Mendip Hills AONB. The site is geologically significant with numerous caves, cliffs and interesting rock formations. There is also anIron Ageunivallate hill fortknown asBurrington Camp and a variety of plants to look out for including Rock-rose, Wild Thyme and Wood Sage. View Full Details>>
Cheddar Gorge4 miles (6 km)This is a circular walk around the magnificent Cheddar Gorge in Somerset. It is England's largest gorge at 400 feet deep and three miles long and one of the most magnificent natural visitor attractions in the country. It was formed during thelast Ice Age when water from melting glaciers formed a river, which gradually carved into the limestone rock creating the spectacular steep cliffs you can see today. View Full Details>>
Chew Valley Lake1 miles (1.2 km)This walk follows the delightful nature trail which runs along the eastern side of this large lake in Chew Stoke. The trail is well surfaced and offers great views across the lake towards Denny Island, a nesting site for Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck and Canada Geese. You will also pass the reed beds where you can look out for Reed Bunting and in the summer, enjoy the purple flowers of March Woundwort. View Full Details>>
Cranmore Tower1 miles (1.5 km)Visit the highest point on the Mendip Way and enjoy a stroll through Cranmore Wood on this circular walk in Somerset. The tower is 45 metres (148ft) tall and dates from the 19th century. You can climb to a viewing platform where you can enjoy views over the Mendip Hills. The surrounding woods have some nice footpaths with beech trees and bluebells in the spring. Look out for badgers, rabbits and deer in this area. The tower has a tea room attached to it for refreshments after your walk. View Full Details>>
Crook Peak6 miles (9 km)Climb to Crook Peak from the village of Compton Bishop on this fine walk in the Mendip Hills. The hill and the adjacent Wavering Down are a splendid place for a walk with wonderful views over the countryside to the coast. The route uses part of the West Mendip Way to take you across the downs where you will reach a height of nearly 700ft. On a clear day you can see all the way to Brean Down and Porthkerry on the Welsh coast. View Full Details>>
Dolebury Warren2 miles (4 km)This National Trust owned limestoneridge has some nice footpaths to try. There's an Iron Age hill fort, wildflowers, butterflies and splendid views across North Somerset, the Bristol Channel and theMendips. View Full Details>>
Draycott Sleights5 miles (7.5 km)Enjoy a large variety of flora and fauna in this delightful nature reserve in Somerset. The reserve has some nice footpaths with great views over the Mendip Hills and the Somerset Levels. View Full Details>>
East Mendip Way19 miles (30 km)This walk takes you through the beautiful Somerset countryside from Wells to Frome along the eastern section of the Mendip Way. View Full Details>>
Ebbor Gorge2 miles (2.5 km)This limestone gorge near Wookey Hole has some good walking trails to try. In the gorge you will find waymarked woodland trails and a variety of interesting plants and flowers. There's also pretty streams and lots of interesting rock formations. There is some climbing involved with some of the paths reaching a height of over 700ft. From these high points at the top of the gorge there are great views towards Glastonbury and the Somerset Levels. View Full Details>>
Frome10 miles (16 km)The Somerset town of Frome has some lovely trails to follow through the surrounding countryside. There's easy, waterside paths along the River Frome and more challenging climbs up into the Mendip Hills. View Full Details>>
Mells River Walk5 miles (8 km)Enjoy an easy riverside stroll on this walk from the village of Mells to Frome in Somerset. View Full Details>>
Rowberrow Warren3 miles (5.5 km)Enjoy miles of mountain bike trails and walking trails in these woods near Cheddar. You can start from the village of Rowberrow, just north of Shipham. Just head east from the village and you can pick up the bridleways and tracks through the woods. It's an attractive area with shady clearings, streams and interesting flora and fauna to look out for. View Full Details>>
Samaritans Way South West103 miles (166 km)Starting at Bristol follow the Samaritans Way to Lynton, in Devon, and visit the Avon Gorge, the Chew Valley, the Cheddar Gorge, the Mendips, the Quantock Hills and the Brendon Hills. The walk also takes you through the beautiful Exmoor National Park where you will visit the lovely Doone Valley. Here you can try our lovely Lorna Doone Walk which visits some of the sites connected to Richard Dodderidge Blackmore's 1869 novel 'Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor'. View Full Details>>
Sand Point3 miles (5.5 km)Enjoy fine views across the Bristol Channel to Wales on this coastal walk on the edge of the Mendip Hills in Somerset. Sand Point is an extraordinary peninsulastretching out from Middle Hope over the Bristol Channel. The area is geologically significant with carboniferouslimestone and unusual volcanic intrusions. It is also historically fascinating with bowl barrowanddisc barrowdating from lateNeolithicorBronze Ageand the site of a likelymotte-and-bailey castle.It's also the site of Woodspring Priory, a formerAugustinianpriory, founded in the early 13th century. The area is managed by the National Trust and is a popular place for walkers with its wonderful views towardsFlat Holm island,South Wales,Clevedon, theSecond Severn Crossingand theSevern Bridge. There's also lots of wildlife to look out for with various coastal birds visiting the bays below. Keep your eyes peeled for curlews, little egrets, redshank and sandpipers as you make your way across the headland. View Full Details>>
Shepton Mallet5 miles (8 km)Visit the Charlton viaduct and the village of Doulting on this circular walk in the Somerset town of Shepton Mallet. View Full Details>>
Three Peaks Walk17 miles (27 km)This is a fairly hilly circular route taking you through some of the most peaceful and attractive countryside in Somerset. View Full Details>>
Two Rivers Way20 miles (32 km)Starting on Congresbury Bridge over the River Yeo follow the Two Rivers Way through Somerset to Keynsham on the River Avon. The walk passes through Chew Stoke, Chew Magna, Compton Dando and Pensford with sections along the River Yeo and River Chew to enjoy. View Full Details>>
West Mendip Way30 miles (48 km)This splendid walk takes you through the beautiful Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from Wells to Uphill. View Full Details>>
Weston Woods2 miles (4 km)These pretty woods in Weston-Super-Mare have a series of good footpaths to try. The woods are also a local nature reserve covering 130 hectares (321 acres) on Worlebury Hill above the town. From the elevated position of the woods there are nice views over Sand Bay towards Wales. There's also an Iron Age hillfort at the western tip of the site where the defensive ramparts can be clearly seen. View Full Details>>

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