Mendip Hills AONB



About Mendip Hills AONB

The Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is one of England’s most special places – the limestone Mendip Hills with the lakes of the Chew Valley is a stunning landscape of steep slopes and undulating plateau punctuated by spectacular gorges and rocky outcrops. On the hilltops there are hundreds of ancient monuments, whilst on steeper slopes flower rich grasslands and wooded combes offer varied habitats for a wide variety of wildlife.RESPECT - PROTECT - ENJOY
Sections of our routes travel through wildlife friendly areas. Please be aware of this and know your Countryside Code and adventure responsibly
• Leave gates and property as you find them and keep to paths
• Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home
• Keep dogs under effective control
• Be considerate of locals and others enjoying the outdoors
• Follow advice and local signs

Distance travelled

215 mi

Time in motion

39:03 h

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  1. Mendip Hills AONB planned a hike.

    April 29, 2021

    2.23 mi
    1.4 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    1. Mendip Hills AONB

      This walk is an alternative to the traditional Cheddar Gorge walk. It'll take you off the beaten track and through Mascall's Wood Nature Reserve as you enjoy views looking back along the Mendip South facing ridge. You'll follow the West Mendip Way to Mascall's Wood before heading uphill to join part of the gorge walk circular which will take you back down the hill into Cheddar. At almost 400ft (122m) deep and 3 miles long, this is England’s largest gorge, and with its weathered crags and pinnacles, one of our most spectacular natural sites. It plays host to a varied community of specialized plants and wildlife. It has been named the "Finest Example of a Limestone Gorge in Britain” by the British Geological Survey. It is one of the special qualities of the Mendip Hills Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
      Cheddar Gorge is Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for wildlife and geology, a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) with 5 sites of national archaeological importance designated within the Gorge

      • April 29, 2021

  2. Mendip Hills AONB planned a hike.

    April 28, 2021

    2.98 mi
    1.5 mph
    475 ft
    450 ft
    1. Mendip Hills AONB

      Starting at the Queens Arms Pub or close by, this walk starting in the tucked away village of Bleadon will take you on a short but steep climb up through the beautiful Hellenge Hill Nature Reserve. This site managed by Avon Wildlife Trust is a haven for wildlife. You'll enjoy panoramic views of the levels and over the Severn estuary towards Brean Down. You'll then walk back into Bleadon passing by the lovely Bleadon Farm Shop cafe where you can take a pit stop for an ice cream or piece of cake. Next it's onto Purn Hill another nature reserve with great views and lots of wildlife to be enjoyed. Following this you return back to the Queens Arms pub in the village of Bleadon.

      • April 29, 2021

  3. Mendip Hills AONB planned a hike.

    April 28, 2021

    2.43 mi
    1.6 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    1. Mendip Hills AONB

      The Black Holes of Burrington will show you one of the Mendip Hills most exciting special qualities - the Mendip Caves! On this short hike you will see the entrances of 6 caves if you can find them! Some are obvious and easy to find and others might be trickier. The walk starts in the finest places to see Mendip geology - Burrington Combe. You then take a short but steep climb onto Black Down as you pass Aveline's Hole, Sidcot Swallet and Goatchurch Cavern. Then it's onto the Limestone Link to Reads Cavern and back via Rod's Pot and Bob Swallet. There's plenty of opportunities for pit stops along the way and toilets at the beginning and end in Burrington Combe.

      • April 28, 2021

  4. Mendip Hills AONB planned a hike.

    April 28, 2021

    1. Mendip Hills AONB

      Starting at Ebbor Gorge National Nature Reserve car park - This hike takes you up through the magnificent Ebbor Gorge once the site of the old river Axe full to the brim with secret nooks and hidden gems to explore. Take extra care as the climb up through the gorge is technical and requires sure footedness. Once you reach the top it's time for a rest at the viewpoint. You then continue out along the ridge and down into the village of Wookey Hole, charming and full of character with pubs if you fancy another pitstop. Then make your way back towards Ebbor Gorge through the woodland along the West Mendip Way for a short while before heading back up to the car park and picnic area.

      • April 28, 2021

  5. Mendip Hills AONB planned a hike.

    April 28, 2021

  6. Mendip Hills AONB planned a hike.

    April 19, 2021

  7. Mendip Hills AONB went for a hike.

    April 6, 2021

  8. Mendip Hills AONB planned a bike ride.

    March 30, 2021

    45.4 mi
    8.7 mph
    2,325 ft
    2,400 ft
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    1. Mendip Hills AONB

      Starting at Stockhill Woods, this is a slightly longer walk but no challenging climbs and gentle easy going footpaths for most of the way. The route takes you through Priddy Mineries Nature Reserve, up over North Hill and past the Priddy Nine Barrows. Arriving in the village of Priddy and at the Queen Victoria pub for a pit stop. Then back to the car park via Eastwater taking in the drystone walls and views over Priddy.

      • March 30, 2021

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