Photo Paul Miles Greentraveller Deer Leap

Ticks and Lyme Disease

A tick is a small blood sucking mite normally living off the blood of wild animals but occasionally attaching itself to humans. Most tick bites are harmless, but occasionally bacterium carried by some ticks can cause Lymes Disease, a serious illness. Click here for an information sheet on prevention and what to do if you have a tick bite.

The Mendip Way

An amazing way-marked trail that takes in all the special qualities of the Mendip Hills. The West and East Mendip Way connect Weston-super-Mare, via Cheddar and Wells to Frome. A perfect 3 day walk.

Download the Mendip Way Guides here with maps and route descriptions:

East Mendip Way Wells to Frome

West Mendip Way Uphill to Wells

Please note the route in the guides differs in places to that shown on the Ordnance Survey maps.  This will be rectified on future editions of the OS maps, until then please be sure to follow the route shown on the guide.

Planning a  walking holiday on the Mendip Way?  The following companies offer self guided walking packages – Bath and West Country Walks and Encounter Walking Holidays

If you are organising your own walking holiday but don’t want the burden of carrying heavy bags check out Visit Somerset’s Taxi Baggage Transfer Service

AONB Downloadable Walks

Black Down 5mls 8.5km
Blagdon Lake 2.5mls 4km
Blagdon and Burrington Ham 3.75mls 6.25km
Bleadon Hill 7.5mls 12km
Bleadon Hill and Loxton 4mls 6.5km
Cheddar Gorge 5mls 8km
Chew Magna and Stanton Drew 5mls 8km 
Chew Valley and The Harptrees 5mls 8km 
Chew Valley Lake Walk 5mls 8km
Chew Valley Lake and Knowle Hill 2.25mls 3.5km or 1.5mls 2.5km
Compton Martin and Yeo Valley 6mls 10km
Draycott Sleights 3mls 4.8km
East Harptree Woods 3.75mls 6km
Ebbor Gorge and Wookey Hole 4mls 6.5km
Hinton Blewett 3.5mls 5.75km and Litton 2mls 3.25km combined 5.75mls 9.25km
Kings Wood 2.5mls 4km
Priddy and Deer Leap 9mls 14km (Horse/Cycle Route)
Three Priddy Droves 4.5mls 8km  

Relevant OS Explorer Maps  141, 153 and 155 and Landranger 182

Here’s a handy website for converting grid references to postcodes and vice versa Find Me Simply type the grid reference or postcode in the web address bar, so it looks like this or, then look at the bottom of the map and you’ll see the conversion. Bear in mind that postcodes cover large areas of the countryside.

Village Walks

Cheddar and its surrounds has many walks to offer. See the Cheddar Walking web site.
Westbury sub Mendip – Village stores has a set of 15 Westbury Walks available for 50p each. All of them start and finish at The Cross in Westbury sub Mendip Village.

Foundations of Mendip Walkers Guides

Geology and Landscape  Walkers guides and maps for Western Mendip and Eastern Mendip showing the geology and landscape of the area are available from the British Geoloical Society book shop via Foundations of Mendip web site. Scroll down the page and click on BGS online shop link then use the search term “Mendip” for full details and to order. Cheddar Gorge BGS page.

Other Routes

Mining the Mendips Walk – A 6 mile walk from Shipham. Discover why the area’s curious geology made this a centre of lead and zinc mining and find out how the lives of villagers changed during the ‘boom and bust’ stages in the Mendips’ mining past – Mining the Mendips

The Butcombe Trail – The 45-mile (72 km) long Mendip Pub Trail, connects six pubs. The trail runs from Hinton Blewett through Priddy, Axbridge, Bleadon, Rowberrow, and Compton Martin – The Butcombe Trail

The Mendip Ring – 117 mile walk in 9 legs around the boundary of Mendip. The Mendip Ring is supported by Mendip Ramblers  

The Mendip Way – an 80 kilometre (50 mile) long-distance footpath across the Mendip Hills from Weston super Mare to Frome – The Long Distance Walkers Association

Limestone Link –a route of 36 Miles joining the limestone of the Cotswolds to the Mendip Hills – The Long Distance Walkers Association

Monarch’s Way – a 615 mile (990km) long-distance footpath passing through the Mendip Hills – Ramblers

The Strawberry Line – see  The Strawberry Line Society web site – Yatton – Cheddar recreational route. (Note: construction traffic until March 2016 see NSC Advance Notice

West Country Way – Sustrans cycle route part of the National Cycle Network (NCN) linking Padstow to Bristol or Bath over a distance of 240 miles 70 of which are traffic free. The route in the Mendip Hills is mainly on road and involves steep ascents and descents onto the plateau at Ebbor Gorge and near West Harptree – more suited to experienced cyclists. The route is signed.