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Beacon Batch, Long Wood and Velvet Bottom from Blackmoore Reserve
distance 6.41mi Vertical gain +420ft Vertical drop -430ft Durée 3h20 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Priddy - Somerset

This circular walk provides a good way to discover the highest point of Mendip Hills with 360° views using a section of The Mendip Trail, West Mendip Way and interesting paths in preserved nature reserves including Long Wood and Velvet Bottom!

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distance 3.99mi Vertical gain +240ft Vertical drop -213ft Durée 2h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Priddy - Somerset

Explore Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Ubley Warren and Velvet Bottom Nature Reserves and the surrounding landscape of The Mendip Hills AONB.

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distance 2.44mi Vertical gain +105ft Vertical drop -105ft Durée 1h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Priddy - Somerset

Public footpaths and with stiles and gates. Be aware of grazing animals and keep dogs on leads around livestock. Watch out for uneven ground and hidden mineshafts on Ubley Warren.

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Circular walk in Mendip Hill
distance 3.91mi Vertical gain +561ft Vertical drop -548ft Durée 2h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Shipham - Somerset

Walk through Rowberrow Warren which is a beautiful woodland, set on a hillside with large paths.

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Harptree Combe, Niver North Top and River Chew from West Harptree
distance 6.87mi Vertical gain +640ft Vertical drop -630ft Durée 3h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in West Harptree - Bath and North East Somerset

This circular walk uses well know ways including Monarch's Way, Mendip Trail or Limestone Link and provides a good way to discover wild Harptree Combe and paths in farmland with great views to Chew Valley Lake

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Cheddar Gorge from Black Rock
distance 3.7mi Vertical gain +978ft Vertical drop -958ft Durée 2h35 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Cheddar - Somerset

This circular walk with ascents and descents explores the famous Cheddar Gorge in the Mendip Hills with great viewpoints from the cliffs!

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distance 4.39mi Vertical gain +823ft Vertical drop -817ft Durée 2h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Cheddar - Somerset

Explore Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Middledown and Bubwith Acres Nature Reserves and the surrounding landscape of The Mendip Hills AONB.

Walking Sandford Wood and Batch ( Download : )
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distance 3.61mi Vertical gain +597ft Vertical drop -594ft Durée 2h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Winscombe and Sandford - North Somerset

From Railway Inn, the walk includes 3 short but stiff climbs, plus 3 stiles. First climbing up Sanford Hill, Lyncombe Hill and Mendip Trail to Sandford Quarry. It later follows a track past site of a Roman Villa before descending to Railway Inn.

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distance 3.18mi Vertical gain +407ft Vertical drop -404ft Durée 1h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Wraxall and Failand - North Somerset

A short walk in Somerset to the southwest of Bristol. The circular toute includes the village of Wraxall and also provides the opportunity to explore the grounds and parkland of the National Trust's Tyntesfield.

Walking Winscombe & the East Well ( Download : )
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distance 2.64mi Vertical gain +72ft Vertical drop -72ft Durée 1h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Winscombe and Sandford - North Somerset

A short, level walk along a former railway line and green lanes to a historic spring and village church.

Walking Cheddar Gorge ( Download : )
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distance 12.95mi Vertical gain +1178ft Vertical drop -1178ft Durée 7h00 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Winscombe and Sandford - North Somerset

A superb expedition through historic Axbridge to one of England’s most spectacular landforms.

Walking Dolebury Warren ( Download : )
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distance 7.55mi Vertical gain +823ft Vertical drop -797ft Durée 4h10 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Winscombe and Sandford - North Somerset

A fine hillfort then a pretty streamside walk along a wooded valley, with attractive villages along the way.

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distance 4.24mi Vertical gain +620ft Vertical drop -633ft Durée 2h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Winscombe and Sandford - North Somerset

Fine views from the Mendip ridge, with an easy return through a disused railway tunnel.

Walking Crook Peak ( Download : )
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distance 8.11mi Vertical gain +896ft Vertical drop -915ft Durée 4h30 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Winscombe and Sandford - North Somerset

An energetic climb from a pretty village is rewarded with superb views over the Somerset Levels.

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distance 5.86mi Vertical gain +932ft Vertical drop -928ft Durée 3h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Winscombe and Sandford - North Somerset

This Somerset walk includes a wonderful ridge walk along the West Mindop Way to the summit of Crook Peak. The return route passes through the villages of Compton Bishop and Cross.

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Cameley and Hinton Blewett from Litton
distance 5.63mi Vertical gain +177ft Vertical drop -207ft Durée 2h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Litton - Bath and North East Somerset

This Somerset walk takes you through unspoilt countryside sheletered beneath the slopes of the Mendip Hills. The route includes tracks, footpaths and quiet country lanes.

Walking King’s Wood ( Download : )
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distance 2.33mi Vertical gain +351ft Vertical drop -341ft Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Compton Bishop - Somerset

A disused railway and tunnel, a local nature reserve with orchids and ancient trees, and a wooded return.

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distance 6.37mi Vertical gain +125ft Vertical drop -141ft Durée 3h00 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Compton Bishop - Somerset

Visit our historic local town, returning via a bird-rich reservoir and a section of the atmospheric Somerset Levels.

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distance 6.27mi Vertical gain +925ft Vertical drop -915ft Durée 3h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Compton Bishop - Somerset

Superb views from a rocky hilltop, returning via a pretty village and a path below the Mendip ridge.

Walking Clifton Down ( Download : )
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distance 1.44mi Vertical gain +207ft Vertical drop -141ft Durée 0h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bristol

It is 150 years since The Clifton and Durdham Downs (Bristol) Act, 1861 secured the Downs as a place of recreation for us all – forever. This trail and a second trail exploring Durdham Down celebrate this anniversary and explore the rich and fascinating history of the Downs.

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distance 1.92mi Vertical gain +105ft Vertical drop -105ft Durée 1h00 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Pill and Easton-in-Gordano - Bristol

This is a pleasant two-mile walk that takes in a variety of hills and woods. There are still quite a few stiles to climb so not as accessible as some walks at the moment.

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Easton-in-Gordano Circular Walk via West Tanpit Wood and Windmill Hill
distance 5.02mi Vertical gain +518ft Vertical drop -515ft Durée 2h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Pill and Easton-in-Gordano - Bristol

A circular walk through the rolling countryside of North Somerset with views of the Severn Estuary.

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distance 3.47mi Vertical gain +177ft Vertical drop -180ft Durée 1h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Pill and Easton-in-Gordano - Bristol

This is a circular walk from Pill.

Walking Durdham Down ( Download : )
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distance 2.22mi Vertical gain +154ft Vertical drop -154ft Durée 1h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bristol

It is 150 years since The Clifton and Durdham Downs (Bristol) Act, 1861 secured the Downs as a place of recreation for us all – forever. This trail and a second trail exploring the Promenade and Observatory Hill celebrate this anniversary and explore the rich and fascinating history of the Downs.

Walking Allerton Moor ( Download : )
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distance 4.39mi Vertical gain +102ft Vertical drop -102ft Durée 2h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Chapel Allerton - Somerset

An easy circular walk around Axbridge visiting Ashton Windmill.

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distance 8.41mi Vertical gain +174ft Vertical drop -167ft Durée 4h00 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Chapel Allerton - Somerset

A circular walk around Axbridge area exploring Cheddar Reservoir.

Walking Chapel and Stone Allerton ( Download : )
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distance 2.5mi Vertical gain +89ft Vertical drop -89ft Durée 1h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Chapel Allerton - Somerset

Easy walk around Axbridge area with the possibility to visit Ashton Windmill.

Walking Wedmore ( Download : )
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distance 6.68mi Vertical gain +220ft Vertical drop -243ft Durée 3h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Chapel Allerton - Somerset

A circular walk around Axbridge area visiting Ashton Windmill.

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distance 2.49mi Vertical gain +249ft Vertical drop -246ft Durée 1h20 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Bristol

A moderate walk suitable for a family with older children but unsuitable for wheels. Takes you through quieter parts of the Blaise estate and Henbury gold course.

Walking Gorge Walk ( Download : )
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distance 1.12mi Vertical gain +121ft Vertical drop -115ft Durée 0h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bristol

The gorge is at its deepest below Lover’s Leap. You can see massive cliffs of steeply tilted white Carboniferous Limestone. It is difficult to see exactly how the Gorge was formed. It would have been directly influenced by the most recent Ice Age up to 100,000 years ago.

Walking Castle Walk ( Download : )
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distance 0.77mi Vertical gain +98ft Vertical drop -98ft Durée 0h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bristol

Built in 1795 for John Scandret Harford by William Paty. A solid, simple design placed on a rise so as to appear bigger. Harford was responsible for commissioning landscape architect Humphrey Repton and thereafter, architect John Nash who designed the Orangery, Dairy and nearby Blaise Hamlet. More ornate additions representing a Greek classical influence were made to both the exterior and interior of the house from 1832-3 by C R Cockerell on instruction from J S Harford Jnr.

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distance 1.53mi Vertical gain +98ft Vertical drop -108ft Durée 0h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bristol

The Church of St Mary the Virgin dates back to 1093, with various rebuilding over the years until an extensive refurbishment in 1878. Look out for two notable graves; an obelisk memorial to the Egyptologist Amelia Edwards and coloured head and foot stones of ‘Scipio Africanus’, a negro slave.

Walking Rhododendron Walk ( Download : )
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distance 2.44mi Vertical gain +289ft Vertical drop -312ft Durée 1h20 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Bristol

Passing by Goram’s Chair, Tarn Lake, Beech Cathedral, Lily Pond, Rhododendron Walk, Rustic Lodge, Woodman’s Cottage.

Walking Kings Weston Down ( Download : )
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distance 2.98mi Vertical gain +190ft Vertical drop -184ft Durée 1h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bristol

Walk passing by Iron Age Hill Fort, Echo Gate, Arbutus walk, Kingsweston Down and wildflower meadows.

Walking Stoke Park Walk ( Download : )
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distance 1.72mi Vertical gain +154ft Vertical drop -154ft Durée 0h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in South Gloucestershire

Hilly, with extensive views over and beyond the park landscape, mainly on open land.

Walking Barn Wood Walk ( Download : )
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distance 1.84mi Vertical gain +167ft Vertical drop -167ft Durée 1h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in South Gloucestershire

Contoured walk with a focus on 18th century historic features in semi-ancient woodland.