Total distance covered; 50 miles (80kms)
5 days walking, based in Wells
The Mendip Way is a 50 mile (80kms) route through rural Somerset which combines two previously separate paths; the West Mendip Way and The East Mendip Way, and traverses the full range of the Mendip Hills.
Starting on the Somerset coast, by the tiny church at Uphill it explores the broad vales and high ridges of the western Mendip, the central high limestone plateau around Priddy, Cheddar and Charterhouse, and the small wooded combes to the east of Wells. The walk finishes in the ancient market town of Frome.
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Highlights of the walk include the exhilarating ridges of Bleadon Hill, Crook Peak and Wavering Down with their far-reaching views across the Bristol Channel to South Wales; the magnificent cliffs of Cheddar Gorge, some 120m high; Ebbor Gorge, a mini version of Cheddar Gorge, more intimate and wooded; the views of Glastonbury Tor from the top of Ebbor Gorge; the attractive villages of Priddy, Shipham and Draycott; the pile of sheep hurdles below a thatched roof on the green in Priddy; and the historic city of Wells with its magnificent cathedral, Bishop's Palace and Vicars' Close, which provides a great base for this tour.
Day 1: Uphill to Shute Shelve Hill 10 miles (16kms)
Day 2: Shute Shelve Hill to Draycott 10 miles (16kms)
Day 3: Draycott to Wells 10 miles (16kms)
Day 4: Wells to Shepton Mallet 8 miles (13kms)
Day 5: Shepton Mallet to Frome 12 miles (19kms)
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