Stage 3: Wookey Hole to Shepton Mallet — the Mendip Way
Kit P planned a hike.
February 12, 2021
From the magnificence of Wookey Hole’s natural marvels to that of Wells’ human-made wonders, the first section of this stage has more than enough to keep you entertained. From Wells onwards, the trail wanders across farmland, through little woodlands and down into Shepton Mallet.
Start at Wookey Hole and take the time to explore it if you don’t mind the entrance fees. Otherwise, head across farmland to the glorious city of Wells, the UK’s smallest (ignoring the City of London). Admire the magnificent yellow-stone cathedral complete with hundreds of fascinating carvings and statues as well as the 13th-century Bishop’s Palace. The Way travels right past them.
Leave the city to the east on the now-named East Mendip Way. This section involves rambling across fields, through pretty woodlands and along quiet, hedge-lined lanes. When you reach Sleight Lane, peer over the hedge northward to see a vast solar farm. Hop over the stone stile, not the first on the Mendip Way, and admire its worn surface.
The Way crosses numerous fields and then leads into Ham Woods, a pretty woodland particularly lovely between spring and autumn. Make your way downhill to the B3136, a road leading into Shepton Mallet.
The stage ends here and you can find plenty of accommodation in the town. Restaurants, pubs and supermarkets are also plentiful. If you have the energy, be sure to explore the winding streets to spy all manner of old buildings as well as the Shambles, a sort of open-air medieval meat counter.
February 16, 2021