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Along River Chew, Pensford and Hunstrete Lake from Compton Dando
distance 8.19mi Vertical gain +587ft Vertical drop -587ft Durée 4h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Compton Dando - Bath and North East Somerset

This circular walk explores paths around Compton Dando using sections of Two Rivers Way and Three Peaks Walk. You will walk along River Chew, also go across Lord's and Common Woods by Hunstrete Lake.

distance 11.11mi Vertical gain +381ft Vertical drop -364ft Durée 5h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Keynsham - South Gloucestershire

This linear Somerset walk includes typical English countryside, quiet villages, old buildings and historic churches. The route runs from Keynsham to Bath along the northern fringes of the Mendip Hills, and its proximity to both Bath and Bristol ensures that it is well served by public transport.

Walking Clifton Down ( Download : )
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.

distance 7.95mi Vertical gain +522ft Vertical drop -509ft Durée 4h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Marksbury - Bath and North East Somerset

Reasonably lengthy walk of nearly 8 miles, to test your navigation skills, but offering lovely open views of the Somerset countryside.

Walking Swineford Picnic Site ( Download : )
distance 6.37mi Vertical gain +794ft Vertical drop -801ft Durée 3h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Bitton - South Gloucestershire

From Swineford Picnic Area, the route climbs up through the village of Upton Cheyney; from here it's over fields, passing Beach House, and on to Coldharbour Farm. Return is back down the valley, up the other side via the humorously named – Grandmother’s Rock Lane, then onto the less humorous - Hanging Hill, up to Lansdown. Then a short section of the Cotswold Way. On leaving the Cotswold Way the route continues downhill to the village of North Stoke to pick and back to the Swineford Car Park.

Walking Durdham Down ( Download : )
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 Barn Wood Walk ( Download : )
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.

Walking Stoke Park Walk ( Download : )
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.

distance 3.45mi Vertical gain +2989ft Vertical drop -2989ft Durée 4h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Charlcombe - South Gloucestershire

This walk starts at Lansdown Golf Club and takes in part of The Cotswold Way and spectacular views out across the scenery. It also takes you past sites of historic interest in the Battle of Lansdown.

distance 2.49mi Vertical gain +249ft Vertical drop -246ft Durée 1h20 Average Average
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.

Harptree Combe, Niver North Top and River Chew from West Harptree
distance 6.87mi Vertical gain +640ft Vertical drop -630ft Durée 3h45 Average Average
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

distance 5.91mi Vertical gain +246ft Vertical drop -889ft Durée 2h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Charlcombe - South Gloucestershire

This is a circular country and town walk, starting at Bath’s - Lansdown Park and Ride. The first part is along the Cotswold Way, the second is a walk-through of the Georgian City of Bath, calling at the Royal Crescent, the Circus and finishing at the Bath Abbey. Return to Lansdown P&R is by bus.

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 Rhododendron Walk ( Download : )
distance 2.44mi Vertical gain +289ft Vertical drop -312ft Durée 1h20 Average Average
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 Gorge Walk ( Download : )
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.

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 Castle Walk ( Download : )
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.

Walking Kings Weston Down ( Download : )
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.

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.

distance 6.2mi Vertical gain +430ft Vertical drop -436ft Durée 3h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Doynton - South Gloucestershire

Doynton is a village situated at the southern end of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, approximately 14.5km (9.0) miles from Bath. The walk starts from the Holy Trinity Church, Doynton, and takes you up the Cotswold escarpment, over fields, through quiet lanes and valleys, to the village of Dyrham, before returning to Doynton

Beacon Batch, Long Wood and Velvet Bottom from Blackmoore Reserve
distance 6.41mi Vertical gain +420ft Vertical drop -430ft Durée 3h20 Average Average
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!

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.

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.

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.