West Mendip Way - 30 miles

This area encompasses some of the most beautiful and varied landscape in Somerset, still largely undiscovered.

The West Mendip Way runs from the Bristol Channel and old Roman Port of Uphill, through an enchanting mix of broad-backed hills of open grassland with far-reaching views, pastures enclosed by drystone walls, dew ponds, ancient woodland, rocky outcrops, combes, caves, sink holes and spectacular deep gorges. The route crosses the central Mendip plateau, Bleadon Hill, Loxton, Wavering Down and Shipham, leading down to the dramatic Cheddar Gorge, on to Draycott, Priddy, through Ebbor Gorge Nature Reserve and Wookey, passing Wookey Caves and Paper Mill, before eventually taking in the beautiful city of Wells. Sites of historical interest along the trail include Neolithic earthworks, Bronze Age barrows, Iron Age hill forts, medieval monuments and lead mining remains dating from Roman, to Victorian times.

The Mendip Gate is only a short stroll away from where The West Mendip Way crosses The Limestone Link a walk to Hinton Blewitt and a stop at The Ring 'O' Bells Hinto Blewitt highly recommended!

Limestone Link (Cotswolds to Mendips)

Bath NES, Somers, S Glos 58 km / 36 miles
Region: South West England
The 'Limestone Link' is a route of 36 miles joining the limestone of the Cotswolds to that of the Mendip Hills. It is a connecting route between the Cotswold Way at Cold Ashton and the West Mendip Way at Shipham. Between the two, the route passes through the valleys and villages south of Bath. Except for an ascent at each end, the walk is mostly flat and not strenuous.

Start: ST751728 - Cold Ashton, S Glos
Finish: ST443572 - Shipham, Somerset

Dolebury Hillfort grid ref:450590
Iron age hillfort of great interest for its grassland, limestone heath vegetation and ancient field systems. The limestone grassland comes alive with wildflowers and butterflies in spring and summer but this is a good place for a dramatic walk at any time of year. Access directly from The Mendip Gate at Churchill.

Black Rock Reserve grid ref: 474545
Coppiced woodland reserve including old quarry. Links to Velvet Bottom Reserve. On West Mendip Way.

Cheddar Gorge grid ref: 467539
Dramatic limestone gorge with TIC, shops, pubs, tearooms, toilets etc situated at the bottom. Public footpath around the top of the Gorge that can be joined at Black Rock at top of Gorge, Lion Rock or Lippiat Lane.

Kings Wood grid ref: 422561
Ancient woodland with ground flora. Access to Wavering Down and Crooks Peak. On route of West Mendip Way, adjacent to the Strawberry Line.

Crook Peak grid ref: 392550
Distinctive peak, (628ft). Not a notable ancient site, though it does have some ancient burial tumuli located on it. Open grassland site with areas of gorse and scrub. West Mendip Way passes over the peak. Spectacular views towards Exmoor. Car park with picnic tables on Webbington Road.