Your ideal base for walking in the Mendips and the Cheddar Valley
Cheddar is world famous for its cheese and stunning gorge, but many visitors are unaware of the rich diversity of landscape and walking country we have here. Through the Walkers are Welcome scheme, Cheddar Walking promotes Cheddar as a walker-friendly destination offering a number of walking routes of varying grades, starting from the village centre.
Cheddar Walking is supported by a wide range of local businesses offering everything from accommodation, food and drink, to outdoor equipment and lots more. These are businesses who offer facilities for walkers, whether it’s overnight bed and breakfast or just somewhere to charge your mobile device – visit our supporters page to find out more. Our supporters have the Walkers are Welcome sticker in their window – don’t forget to visit them when you are here!
We hope you enjoy your visit to Cheddar and please leave feedback on our walks via the contact details opposite. We are not a membership organisation you can join, but do look on the Walking Group page for details of any forthcoming walks we are arranging, that you can come along to.
Free Cheddar Walking Festival 2016 – August Bank Holiday weekend
Ramblers get set for holiday weekend walking festival
Members of Mendip Ramblers have been busy making sure everything is in place for their Free Walking Festival in Cheddar over the August Bank Holiday weekend by checking out the routes.
This year the Ramblers are holding their festival in collaboration with Cheddar Walking which last year gained national Walkers Are Welcome accreditation for the village and whose members are delighted to be working on their first major event.
Armed with maps, pruners and gloves, the festival organisers have been out and about fine-tuning the guided walks that will be the draw for members and visitors who will be offered a feast of views and landscapes over three days, August 27th to August 29th.
On each morning, there will be three walks of various distances from which to choose and all will start from the Scout Hut at Cheddar First School. They will be led by an experienced rambler and accompanied by other volunteers to make sure walkers stay on track. Tea and cake will be on offer at the end of each walk. There will be a shorter walk each afternoon as well.
Mendip Ramblers walking group, which has just celebrated its 40th anniversary, now has more than 300 members and usually sees around 40 members walking each week. This year’s festival will be the 15thsuch event the group has arranged and the first with Cheddar Walking.
Festival organiser, Martyn Hart, said: “We hold our festivals in different venues across the area and we are really pleased to be in Cheddar this time and to be working with the new Cheddar Walking group. We are sure everyone who joins us for the weekend will be excited at the prospect of some superb walking in a spectacular setting.
“As ever we are grateful to our members and helpers who make this possible and we are looking forward to hopefully introducing the joys of rambling to new members through this festival weekend.
Huw Robson, chairman of Cheddar Walking, said: “It is a great thrill for us after less than a year of operating as a Walkers Are Welcome village to be helping to host a festival like this and to show off our fantastic walks to a new audience.”