Relevant OS Explorer Maps for the Mendip Hills AONB are 141, 153, 155, and Landranger 182. All available to purchase from the Ordnance Survey website by clicking here.
An amazing 50 miles (80 kilometre) long-distance 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.
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.
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
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 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.
A route of 36 Miles joining the limestone of the Cotswolds to the Mendip Hills – The Long Distance Walkers Association
A 615 mile (990km) long-distance footpath passing through the Mendip Hills – Ramblers
The Strawberry Line Society website – Yatton – Cheddar recreational route.
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.
Walkers are Welcome is a nationwide initiative launched in 2007 to encourage towns and villages to be ‘welcoming to walkers’.
Cheddar Walking promotes Cheddar as a walker-friendly destination offering a number of walking routes of varying grades, starting from the village centre. Cheddar Walking is supported by a wide range of local businesses offering everything from accommodation, food and drink, to outdoor equipment and lots more.
Walkers guides and maps for Western Mendip and Eastern Mendip showing the geology and landscape of the area are available from the British Geological Society bookshop via Foundations of Mendip website.