This England self-guided walking holiday takes you to some of Somerset’s most attractive and varied landscape, from the limestone summits of the Mendip Hills to the pastureland of the Somerset Levels.
From the city of Wells, the trail takes you onto Cheddar famous for the Gorge, cheddar cheese and strawberries. It continues to Shipham before climbing to the summit of Wavering Down with its exhilarating views of the Bristol Channel and the Welsh Hills. The path then winds its self down and through the villages of Loxton, Bleadon and onto the coastal resort of Weston-super-Mare.
Accommodation in the Mendips
Your hosts work with a wide variety of accommodations that have been carefully selected. You will stay in accredited hotels, country inns and guest houses with en- suite facilities where you will receive a warm welcome and enjoy a full English or continental breakfast, depending on your wishes. The photos below show an example of accommodation used during the West Mendip Way trail walking holiday.
Walking along the West Mendip Way
The Mendips is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Somerset which stretches from the market town of Frome in the East to the Bristol Channel in the West. It offers the walker a variety of walking country, which still remains to be discovered by many people. The walking holidays in the Mendips give you the opportunity to explore this interesting area visiting such places as Wells, the smallest city in England.
The clear and accurate route directions enable you to discover the Mendips independently, and each day has been planned to show you the contrasting beauty of the countryside with opportunities to visit some of the historic sites on route.
Height gained on the walks is mainly up to 300 metres, but up to 600 metres on one day. Some previous hiking experience is advisable.
West Mendip Way walking holiday itinerary
The programme of this trail walking holiday in the Mendips consist of 3 walking days;
Day 1 – Arrival
Day 2 – Wells – Cheddar (11 mi/18 km). Leave Wells and head towards the village of Wookey Hole and continue on into the beautiful Ebbor Gorge Nature Reserve and at the top of the gorge you experience panoramic views of Wells and beyond. You’ll arrive at the highest Mendip village of Priddy and then follow the path across the open plateau into the Draycott Sleights Nature Reserve before descending down to the village of Cheddar.
Day 3 – Cheddar – Shipham (8 mi/13 km). A shorter walk to enable you to explore Cheddar Gorge and the caves. This walk takes you through the Black Rock Nature Reserve towards Beacon Batch (325m) the highest point on the Mendips. You’ll continue to Rowberrow Warren and then onto Shipham, where many years ago calamine was extracted and mixed with copper to make brass.
Day 4 – Shipham – Weston-Super-Mare (12 mi/19 km). From Shipham we climb up to Winterhead Hill and on through woodland following Winscombe Drove. The route then takes you through Kings Wood to the summit of Wavering Down where the views are breathtaking. You’ll then wind your way down to the village of Loxton and onward to Bleadon. The walk then continues along well defined tracks to Uphill on the coast.
Day 5 – departure after breakfast
Dates and Availability
This self-guided trail walking holiday along the West Mendip Way is completely flexible and can start on any date, subject to accommodation availabilty. Single supplement is £80. Please contact the holiday provider, through the contact form below, for more information.