A scenic stroll around some of the beautiful highlights of the Mendip hills. Climbing up from Burrington Coombe to get some views, before plunging into Velvet Bottom, a uniquely pretty nature reserve, plump with rabbits! From there climb onto clifftops with great vantages into Cheddar Gorge, before descending into the gorge for a steaming pasty refuel. Feel free to bring packed lunches, or come hunting the best cheddar cheese pasties in the cafes!
After lunch we make a rudely steep climb out of the gorge (so eat well!), and work our way via hilltops and woodlands back to Burrington Coombe.
The walk is a fair mix of gradients, with a couple of steep climbs and descents, a total of about 600m climbing. All in all very rewarding though! Disclaimer… views not guaranteed, weather dependent 🙂
Meet at St Mary Redcliffe for 9:00am to share lifts, or come to the car park on Burrington Coombe for 9:30am.
Directions to start point car park: As you climb the hill there is one main car park on the left just after the cattle grid. This isn’t the one we’re meeting at, but does have public toilets. Another 1/2 mile further up on the left is a smaller car park with an information board marked “Black Down and Burrington Ham” (the info board has a purple top and green map). This is the car park we’re starting from. Here are a couple of maps:
Walk leader: Nick Morecroft. If you need to contact me, my number is
07854272103. Please try to be punctual though so we can make a good
Remember clean footwear for wearing in cars as normal, areas of this
walk can get pretty muddy.