Somerset is a walkers and hikers paradise. There are plenty of walks across the Mendips Quantock Hills and the Levels.
We are lucky enough to live in one of Britain’s most attractive landscapes; there are National Trust areas and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty at every turn – or so it seems. We have stunning hill tops, dry valleys and impressive gorges to choose from.
We have gathered together some walks around the local area for you to try during your visit to Wells Touring Park.
This walk follows the River Chew a few miles from its source at Chewton Mendip where it follows a wide, broad valley before reaching Chew Valley Lake. As the route climbs to East Harptree there are fine views of the northern slopes of the Mendip Hills and across the Chew Valley.
Wells Moat Walk
This is approx 1 mile around the Wells Moat in Wells.
Wells to North Wootton.
This walk is approx 9 miles.
Priddy, Ebbor Gorge and Wookey Hole from Wells
Approx 13.5 miles
Ebbor Gorge and Wookey Hole – Approx 4 miles – A walk exploring the limestone scenery, superb woodland, wild flowers and bird life of the south western slopes of the Mendip
Hills including Ebbor Gorge, designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and National Nature Reserve(NNR). There are fine views across the Somerset Levels to Glastonbury Tor.
Wells to Frome
A whopping 19 miles.
This walk takes you through the beautiful Somerset countryside from Wells to Frome along the eastern section of the Mendip Way. You start in the city of Wells near the magnificent cathedral and pass around the moat of the splendid Bishop’s Palace. The path then heads towards Shepton Mallet passing through several wooded sections including the National Trust owned woods at Tor Hill, King’s Castle Woods and finally Ham Woods. From Shepton Mallet you continue to the hamlet of Chelynch before a climb of 280 metres (919 ft) takes you to the grade II listed Cranmore Tower which is the highest point on the trail. The final stretch takes you through the delightful Asham Wood and onto the village of Great Elm before leading into Frome where the path terminates.
This popular walk takes you from the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey to the summit of the iconic Glastonbury Tor.
You start off at the Grade I listed, Scheduled Ancient Monument of Glastonbury Abbey. The abbey was originally founded in the 7th century and rebuilt in the 14th century after a fire in 1184 destroyed the buildings. The site is 36 acres and open to the public so its well worth exploring the area and marvelling at the fascinating architecture and history of the abbey before climbing the Tor.
From the abbey you head to the Tor summit on good footpaths passing Bushy Combe and Chalice Hill on the way. At the summit you will find the 15th century St Michael’s Tower where you can enjoy marvellous views over Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Wales and the nearby Polden Hills. You can also explore the apple orchards at the bottom of the Tor before returning to the abbey.