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 Weston-super-Mare, Cheddar, Wells, Shepton Mallet and Frome. A perfect 3-5 day walk starting from either end. Or walk it in sections between town and villages along the Way.
The route is therefore suitable for both the long-distance walker and for shorter jaunts, and passes through places with refreshments, parking and overnight accommodation. Local Walkers are Welcome Groups are joining forces along the 50 mile trail – find out more about local places to stay and things to do through the links below.
West Mendip Way
The West Mendip Way is 30 miles (48km) in length and was opened in 1979 to commemorate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee after the Rotary clubs of Weston-super-Mare, Wrington Vale and Mendip & Wells devised and waymarked the route, running between Uphill, Weston-super-Mare, to the City of Wells.
The route passes through some of the most scenic sections of the Mendip Hills AONB; climbing the Mendip escarpment over Crook Peak affording stunning views over the Bristol Channel and the Somerset Levels. It traverses the central Mendip Plateau through Shipham and the historic village of Priddy, leading to the impressive Cheddar Gorge and onto England’s smallest city, Wells, with magnificent views of its Cathedral.
Download the West Mendip Way Guide here (PDF Download 3MB) with maps and route descriptions.
East Mendip Way
The East Mendip Way is 19 miles (30km) in length and runs between Wells and Frome, travelling north of Shepton Mallet close to some of the limestone quarries and up to Cranmore Tower, the highest point on The Mendip Way at 280 metres above sea level.
Download the East Mendip Way Guide here (PDF Download 3MB) with maps and route descriptions.
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.
Follow the blue waymarkers!
The AONB Unit is working in partnership with local Walkers are Welcome Groups, The Mendip Society, Rotary Club and Mendip Ramblers to enhance The Mendip Way through route improvements, improved information, signage and promotion.