The Mendip Hills 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. The area offers the walker a variety of walking country, which still remains to be discovered by many people. This walking weekend in the Mendips gives you the opportunity to explore this interesting area visiting such places as the City of Wells, Blagdon Lake and explore Wavering Down and Crook Peak.
Blagdon Lake was completed in 1899 to supply water to Bristol and nestles in the valley and is a delight for the walker to circumnavigate with wonderful views of the surrounding Mendips.
You will be staying at the Webbington Hotel, Axbridge, a three star Best Western hotel with leisure facilities, including a swimming pool and sauna. It is situated on the Southern slopes of the Mendip Hills with fantastic views from the roof terrace.
You start this walk in the centre of Wells, which is known as the smallest city in England. The route takes you along the moat which surrounds the Bishops Palace and then into Kings Wood before reaching the boundaries of Croscombe and then onto the village of Dinder. You continue through woodland and pastureland to arrive at Wells Cathedral.
This walk takes you from Ubley across the rolling green countryside of the Mendips with Blagdon Lake, a haunt of trout fishermen, nearly always in view. The walk circuits this man-made lake to arrive at Blagdon and you are always close to the lake and sometimes right along the edge.
This circular walk takes you from the hamlet of Webbington and across open pastureland with the River Axe below you before reaching the village of Compton Bishop.The path then takes you into woodland,which then enters Wavering Down. This National Trust land has wonderful views of the Somerset Levels,Exmoor and the Bristol Channel. The walk continues to follow the West Mendip Way,back to the starting point.