Family walking

From circular walks to long-distance recreational trails, there’s over 440km of Public Rights of Way in the Mendip Hills AONB for you to explore!

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Circular Walks – Downloadable Guides

Black Down Walk Guide
(PDF Download 1MB)

Distance: 5 miles (8.5km)

Blagdon Lake Walk Guide
(PDF Download 1MB)

Distance: 2.5 miles (4km)

Blagdon and Burrington Ham Walk Guide
(PDF Download 2MB)

Distance: 3.75 miles (6.25km)

Bleadon Hill Walk Guide
(PDF Download 1MB)

Distance: 7.5 miles (12km)

Bleadon Hill and Loxton Walk Guide
(PDF Download 848KB)

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km)

Cheddar Gorge Walk Guide
(PDF Download 1MB)

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Chew Magna and Stanton Drew Walk Guide
(PDF Download 1MB)

Distance: 5 miles (8km) 

Chew Valley and The Harptrees Walk Guide
(PDF Download 1,014KB)

Distance: 5 miles (8km) 

Chew Valley Lake Walk Guide
(PDF Download 1MB)

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Chew Valley Lake and Knowle Hill Walk Guide
(PDF Download 681KB)

Combined Distance: 3.75 miles (6km)

Compton Martin and Yeo Valley Walk Guide
(PDF Download 1MB)

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Draycott Sleights Walk Guide
(PDF Download 922KB)

Distance: 3 miles (4.8km)

East Harptree Woods Walk Guide
(PDF Download 800KB)

Distance: 3.75 miles (6km)

Ebbor Gorge and Wookey Hole Walk Guide
(PDF Download 989KB)

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km)

Hinton Blewett and Litton Walk Guide
(PDF Download 569KB)

Hinton Blewett Walk Distance: 3.5 miles (5.6km)
Litton Walk: 2 miles (3.2km)

Kings Wood Walk Guide
(PDF Download 799KB)

Distance: 2.5 miles (4km)

Priddy and Deer Leap Walk Guide (Horse/Cycle Route)
(PDF Download 972KB)

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Three Priddy Droves Walk Guide 
(PDF Download 851KB)

Distance: 4.5miles (8km)

Long Distance Recreational Trails

The Mendip Way

An amazing 50 mile (80 kilometre) long-distance recreational trail that takes in all the special qualities of the Mendip Hills. The West and East Mendip Way connect Uphill in Weston-super-Mare with Frome across the AONB via Cheddar, Wells and Shepton Mallet. Click here for more information.

The Limestone Link

From Combe Hay to Shipham is a fantastic 25 mile long walk joining the nationally protected limestone landscapes of the Mendip Hills with the Cotswolds. 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.

This is part of the longer 36 mile route from Cold Ashton to Shipham. The route was walked, written and first published by Yatton Ramblers in 1989 and connects the West Mendip Way at Shipham to The Cotswold Way at Cold Ashton.

Information on the full route can be obtained from Somer Valley Ramblers.

Monarch’s Way

A 615 mile (990km) long-distance footpath passing through the Mendip Hills. For further information please visit here or email: contact@MonarchsWay.50megs.com.

Strawberry Line

The Strawberry Line is a mainly traffic-free recreational route, with no steep gradients and only 9 miles long, making it ideal for a family day out. It currently runs between Yatton and Cheddar and along the way you’ll see the beauty and variety of Somerset. The Strawberry Line takes its name from the cargo this former railway line carried from the strawberry fields of Cheddar. It’s also a Sustrans Cycle Route (no. 26). Please visit The Strawberry Line Society website for more information.

Other Routes

Circular walks around Cheddar

The Cheddar Walking Walkers are Welcome Group have created a variety of walks of varying grades and lengths around Cheddar. They can be found on their website here.


The Butcombe Trail

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

The Mendip Ring

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


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

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.

Walkers are Welcome

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.

Foundations of the Mendips: Walkers Guides

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.


Ordance Survey

Relevant OS Explorer Maps for the Mendip Hills AONB are 141153155, and Landranger 182. All available to purchase from the Ordnance Survey website by clicking here.