Where to walk Mendips?
The 6 Mendip walks below each include fantastic sights that should not be missed during your explorations of this gorgeous area.
- Cheddar Gorge.
- The Wookey Hole Caves and Ebbor Gorge.
- Glastonbury Tor.
- Wells City Walk.
- Black Down.
- Blagdon Lake.
- Superb sights to see in stunning Somerset.
What is the highest point on the Mendips?
Blackdown is the highest point in the Mendips, rising to 325 m.
Where do I park to walk up Crooks Peak?
There are two main places to start the walk to Crook Peak. You can either begin at King’s Wood Car Park and take the footpath from here, or you can park on a lay-by on Webbington Road and take this footpath instead. Personally, I’d recommend the King’s Wood route.
Can you walk around Chew Valley Lake?
Walk description: The Chew Valley is a beautiful area for walking and is easily accessible from Bristol. With its lush green fields and gentle hills and idyllic Chew Valley Lake this is a very charming spot to enjoy a rural ramble.
Can you walk at Blagdon Lake?
Blagdon Lake is one of Bristol’s main reservoirs, formed by damming the River Yeo in 1901. There is only one part of the lake that is open to the public for walking – a small woodland around some of the lake, with bridges across streams and fields which are perfect for picnics.
Is Cheddar Gorge free for National Trust members?
As national trust members we realised you can see the stunning gorge absolutely free of charge.
Can you walk all the way around Blagdon Lake?
You can only walk around part of the lake until you can go no further in the woodland, but the short walk is so enjoyable, it doesn’t matter too much! If you do want to walk around the entire lake, the rest of the walk is on road. We spent about an hour walking around the lake and back again.
Are you allowed to swim in Cheddar Reservoir?
The reservoir is used for drinking water and is unsafe to swim in. It has hidden machinery that is designed to suck water in, therefore people are not allowed to swim in it.
How long does it take to walk up Crook Peak?
This walk will be about 6 miles long and will take around 3 hours long.
How tall is Crooks Peak?
At the western end of the hills, closest to the M5 motorway, is Crook Peak which reaches 191 metres (627 ft), and forms a prominent feature from the surrounding landscape.
Is there a village under Chew Valley Lake?
Further excavations around the village of Moreton, which has now been totally submerged, found evidence of a thriving community in medieval times and possibly the remains of the Nunnery of Santa Cruz.
Can dogs swim in Chew Valley Lake?
No dogs allowed – Chew Valley Lake.
Where are the best places to walk the Mendip Hills?
From the high points there are magnificent views over the Mendips. The area is also popular with mountain bikers with some good trails up to Beacon Batch. To extend your walk you can head west to Mendip Lodge Wood and Dolebury Warren on the Limestone Link.
Where are the Combes of the Mendip Hills?
The route passes through the valleys and villages south of Bath, crosses the Somerset Coal Field and Chew Valley before reaching the combes and hillforts of the Mendip Hills. Download the Limestone Link Walkers Guide (PDF 1.5KB) for full route descriptions from Combe Hay to Shipham.
Where does the West Mendip Way start and end?
The West Mendip Way is largely in the Mendip Hills AONB and starts near the Bristol Channel at Uphill and climbs the Mendip Hills escarpment onto the Mendip plateau and across the top of Cheddar Gorge and down to Wells. Download the West Mendip Way (PDF Download 3MB) guide with maps and route descriptions.
Can you take a dog on a walk in Mendip?
You are welcome to bring the dog along, as long as they are kept on a lead. One of the most popular objectives for walks in Mendip is Glastonbury Tor. This isolated hill rises from the flat land of the Somerset Levels and its distinctive conical form is clearly visible for miles around.