West Mendips and Somerset

Historic Somerset £420

6th - 11th August   FULL

Historic Somerset

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. This area encompasses some of Somerset’s most attractive and varied landscape, from the limestone summits of the Mendip Hills to the pastureland of the Somerset Levels.

This area offers the walker a variety of walking country, which still remains to be discovered by many people. This walking holiday in the Mendips gives you the opportunity to explore this interesting area visiting such places as Wells, the smallest city in England and Glastonbury Tor.

Your accommodation will be at the Webbington Hotel, Loxton,situated on the southern slopes of the Mendips.It is a three star Best Western hotel with leisure facilities including a swimming pool and spa.

Your Programme

Day 1:

Arrive

Day 2: Glastonbury and the Tor (E:6Mls/10km)

An opportunity to visit the world famous market town of Glastonbury and follow a circular walk out onto the Somerset Levels. The Tor stands out just begging to be climbed but before we reach it we also walk to Wearyall Hill, which Joseph of Arimathea visited, when he founded the first Christian church here in AD60.

Day 3: Burrington Combe - Dolebury Warren (M:8mls/12kms)

Burrington Combe is where The Reverend Toplady is reputed to have written the famous hymn 'Rock of Ages'. You leave the combe and follow the route through woodland to Dolebury Warren, an Iron Age hill fort and continue on to the village of Rowberrow. You continue through forestry and across moorland before returning to your start point.

Day 4: Wells - Biddlecombe -Gollege (M: 7miles /11kms)

You start the walk in the centre of the historic city of Wells and walk around the Bishops Palace Moat away from Wells towards Biddlecombe Woods crossing streams and following woodland paths to reach the Horringtons. You continue up toward Pen Hill with wonderful views before passing through the small hamlets of Gollege and Walcombe and back to Wells.

Day 5: Priddy –Nine Barrows (E:6miles/ 10kms)

This walk starts at the highest village on the Mendips and takes you initially from the village green and along part of the West Mendip Way to join Dursdon Drive and then the Monarch's Way. You then enter gruffy land where the land shows scars from the old lead mines before crossing open pastureland where you see a number of Bronze Age burial mounds on your return back to the village of Priddy.

Day 6:

Depart