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Sun, Feb 04


Cliff Street Car Park, Cheddar

Cheddar Gorge, The Mendips, and Beacon Batch

The Mendip Hills are an iconic limestone landscape home to Cheddar Gorge with its world-renowned caves and cliffs. This 8 mile circular walk offers the chance to explore this dramatic region and get up close and personal with the hills and valleys that host a myriad of myths and legends.

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Cheddar Gorge, The Mendips, and Beacon Batch
Cheddar Gorge, The Mendips, and Beacon Batch

Time & Location

Feb 04, 2024, 9:30 AM

Cliff Street Car Park, Cheddar, Cliff St, Cheddar BS27 3PS, UK

About The Event

Walk Description:

Beginning at Cliff Street car park in Cheddar we will head along the main street past bustling store fronts and cafes to pick up our footpath heading north west. This path is likely to feel like a bit of a shock as it heads steeply  almost 200 metres upwards with very little warning, passing Lion Rock along the way. This path is also often muddy and slippery in the winter months, hence why we are going up it and not down! Please be prepared for this ascent with sticks and good footwear.

Having survived this initiation to our route, things thankfully mellow out as we leave the West Mendip Way in favour of a smaller path heading north east across farmland to the Gruffy Nature Reserve and a small lane below Beacon Batch. Naturally though, we want to hit the high point, and so soon cut back onto a footpath taking us to the trig point at 325m above sea level. Here’s hoping for a clear weather day so that we can enjoy the phenomenal views over the surrounding Somerset landscape.

With a fair amount of ascent now behind us, we will drop down via the eastern slopes of Black Down and travel through an ancient land dotted with tumuli and rock formations nestled between trees. Then the hard work begins again, leading us up into ancient woodland and along the cliff edge of Cheddar Gorge itself.

The final leg of our hike will take us down Jacob's Ladder, a notorious set of stairs, and back into Cheddar Village itself.

Places are always limited on our walks, so do book on as soon as you can! A minimum of 5 people are required for this walk to go ahead. We will be in touch 2 weeks before the start date if we need to rearrange. Please note - this has not yet ever  had to happen!

Walk length: 

8 miles

Date and time: 

Sunday 4th 2024. Meet at 9:15am, start walking at 9.30am

Start/finish location: 

Cliff Street Car Park, Cheddar, Cliff St, Cheddar BS27 3PS

Getting to the car park:

Best to use GoogleMaps for access. Please note that this is a pay and display car park.

Cars are left at the owner's own risk.

Toilet stops:

There are toilets in the main Cliff Street Car Park but no more en route, so wild wees will be required.


By signing up to a walk with us you are giving us permission to take photos for promotional use across our website and social media pages. If you specifically do not want media taken with you in it, please do feel able to get in touch. We encourage you to take photos during your walk but ask you to be sensitive to other members. Also, we'd love to have a copy of any you are particularly proud of so we share them too!


All of our walks are weather dependant. The weather can play a major role in our enjoyment of a day's walking and in some cases can present a real danger. We always review the weather forecast in detail the days before and will send you an email and text if we have to change any plans. This is however only likely if we feel heading out will put us at real risk. Please check the forecast for yourself and come prepared for whatever the weather! You should come fully kitted out for a full day's hike in the walking area.

Accidents and Incidents:

Abbie and our walk leaders are all qualified first aiders and will always carry an appropriate first aid kit. We will have always created a risk assessment before your event takes place to mitigate any issues that might arise.

Honesty is essential to staying safe. Should you be involved in an accident or become injured during the walk it is important that you notify Abbie or other walk leaders as soon as possible so that appropriate action can be taken. Should you feel unwell or require first aid please let them know. Please use the booking form and the paper disclaimer you will be given on the day as an opportunity to raise anything sich as previous medical issues or injuries that may affect your experience. Abbie is also a qualified and insured Mountain Leader.

By joining this event you understand that:  walking in nature in an outdoor area brings with it a level of risk. You will need to take responsibility for your own actions, health and involvement during the walk and will be expected to exercise judgement based on your fitness levels as to whether you can complete the walk. You will also be expected to abide by any safety instructions and decisions made by Abbie and her team and have a duty to exercise judgement regarding your own personal safety and that of other members of the group. If you choose to ignore safety instructions we cannot be held responsible for the consequences.

By joining this walk you are also acknowledging that you have read our Safeguarding Policy and agree to it.

Any queries please get in touch.

Food and Drink:

We will not be providing any food or drink on this walk except emergency rations. Please ensure you have adequate food and drink for the day. If you have any questions or need any help/advice with what food to bring, please feel able to get in touch.


Well behaved dogs are welcome on this event but they must be kept on a lead at all times and able to work well with other dogs. Please email at time of booking to confirm that you are bringing a dog:

No Drug and Alcohol Policy:

Spend More Time In The WILD has been set up in order to inspire and motivate followers to head outside for the benefit of mental and physical health. We are committed to providing a safe, healthy and secure space for anyone walking out a journey of freedom from addiction and substance abuse and as such have a strict no drug or alcohol policy on our walks and camping events.


By Us: In the rare case that we have to cancel an event, you will be notified by email and offered a full refund.

By You: We require 30 days cancellation notice prior to your scheduled arrival, otherwise we will charge you cancellation fee as below.

- 75% of your total amount will be charged if you notify us about your cancellation or any changes by 30 days to 7 days before your scheduled arrival.

- 100% of your total amount will be charged if you do not notify us about your cancellation or any changes within 7 days.

If you have any questions regarding the walk or booking, please get in touch via the 'contact' page. You will be supplied with a contact number for emergency use on the day of the walk in your booking package.


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