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CITY OF WELLS • MENDIP HILLS • SOMERSET LEVELS

West Mendip Way - Cheddar to Wells

This is a stunning walk along the south side of the Mendip Hills. This takes in views of Cheddar Gorge, the Somerset Levels, Ebbor Gorge and passes by Wookey Hole Caves and Wells Cathedral. The terrain has a few steep uphill and downhill sections and is approx. 16 miles. Walk details compiled by Daniel from the Black Dog of Wells who is a member of the Brunel Walking Group.

West Mendip Way - Cheddar to Wells (walk details) (pdf 91kb)

  • Heading to the start of the West Mendip Way from Cheddar on the west side of the gorge. Views looking back over Cheddar gorge.
  • Decent towards start of the West Mendip Way.
  • Uphill over rocky ground at the start of the West Mendip Way from Cheddar to Wells.
  • Looking down into Cheddar Gorge with Axbridge Reservoir beyond.
  • We stop for a breather and a bit to eat with great views over Cheddar Gorge.
  • Many walkers were also enjoying the bank holiday Monday sunshine.
  • A typical pathway with gorse in bloom in May.
  • Decent down a gravel track as we head towards Bradley Cross.
  • Spring flowers line the track.
  • Lunch with a view over Cheddar and Axbridge Reservoir and Crook Peak in the distance. This panorama has 10 shots photomerged together in Photoshop with a light bubble effect. Hills and buildings are slightly elongated.
  • Ascent onto Mendip plateau.
  • Open fields with the Draycott Sleights Nature Reserve past the next wall.
  • A Panorama of the Somerset Levels taken from the Draycott Sleights Nature Reserve on a glorious May 2013 bank holiday Monday. Made up of 8 pictures photomerged together plus a gentle bubble effect created in Photoshop C6.
  • Draycott Sleights beech trees.
  • Draycott Sleights beech trees.
  • Draycott Sleights panorama constructed from 14 portrait photos and then photomerged in Photoshop.
  • Typical dry stone walls on the Mendip plateau.
  • Rather puzzled looking cows presumably baffled by my crouching to get this picture.
  • Heading along lane towards Priddy. This farming scene is typical on the Mendip plateau. This panorama is made up of seven photos photomerged in Photoshop with a light bubble effect added.
  • After a refreshing stop at the Queen Victoria Inn in Priddy we head past ploughed fields on our way to Wells.
  • Curious cows.
  • Views over Ebbor Gorge.
  • Walking through a grassy valley between Ebbor Gorge and Wookey Hole.
  • Nearing Wells, we pass through a cutting/old quarry with the remnants of lime kilns.
  • A secluded valley just past the old quarry just before we drop downhill into Wells.
  • The dramatic facade of Wells Cathedral greets you at the end of the West Mendip Way.

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