August Bank Holiday Walking Festival

Cheddar Gorge
Cheddar Gorge

Cheddar Walking has teamed up with Mendip Ramblers to organise a Walking Festival on the weekend of the August Bank Holiday 27/28/29 August 2016. An experienced team of walk organisers have been putting together a selection of walks starting and finishing in Cheddar, and taking in the wide range of footpaths in the Cheddar area, from out on the moors to up on the Mendips. Walk lengths vary and there is a choice of walks every day. For more details see below.

FREE WALKING FESTIVAL
Bank Holiday Weekend
27/28/29 August 2016

Walks start at
THE SCOUT HUT, Cheddar First School, The Hayes, Cheddar.
Grid Reference ST 456534
OS Explorer Map 141

Car parking: at Cheddar First School, Kings of Wessex Academy and signed public car parks.

There will be a choice of 3 walks each day starting at 10.00 am
(short 6-7 miles; medium 8-9 miles; long 10-13 miles)
and
1 walk starting at 1.30 pm
(3½ – 4½ miles)

  • Please allow time for parking, choosing your walk and registering by signing the appropriate sheet.
  • Bring food and drink for a short morning stop and a longer lunch stop.
  • Wear/bring appropriate clothing, especially footwear, and waterproofs if necessary.
  • Well behaved dogs, under close control, are welcome but must be put on a lead when requested by the walk leader or back marker.
  • Tea and cake at the end. Please make a small donation!

 

Mendip Ramblers and Cheddar Walking
www.mendipramblers.co.uk
www.cheddarwalking.org.uk

Information/Walk details : visit www.mendipfestivals.org.uk
contact martyn@mendipramblers.co.uk or telephone 01761 471891.

Mistletoe sales boost walkers’ coffers

One of Cheddar’s newest groups – Cheddar Walking – entered into the festive spirit before Christmas by dressing up and selling bunches of mistletoe to the crowds who flocked to the village’s Festive Shopping Night.

The idea behind the stall outside the National Trust Shop in the Gorge was twofold – to make some money for the group to fund its activities and to promote walking in and around the village. Earlier in the year, the group had succeeded in gaining national accreditation for Cheddar as a ‘Walkers Are Welcome’ destination.

On the night Cheddar Walking raised around £90 towards its publication of walking guides and events such as the free walking festival planned for the summer and it also introduced a number of people to its walks.

Chairman of Cheddar Walking, Huw Robson, who also doubled as Father Christmas for part of the night, said he was pleased with the evening’s work as the stall and mistletoe had cost nothing thanks to the generosity of others and it had allowed the group to introduce itself.

mistletoe

Huw Robson, chairman of Cheddar Walking, selling mistletoe.

Upcoming events

 

Cheddar Christmas Walk Monday 28th December 10.30am

Hilly walk of 4 -5 miles climbing 200 metres to Callow Hill above Cheddar Wood offering great views.

Meet near Gardeners Arms, Silver Street, Cheddar BS27 3LE. The pub will be open for open for coffee and lunch after the walk. Grid Ref ST 459 539  Contact Gill 01934 742508

Walking for Health – Monday 4th January
11am Cheddar library
Gentle one hour walk
Leader Gill 742508

 

Guided Gorge Walk 29th Oct

Cheddar Gorge
Cheddar Gorge

Thurs 29 Oct 10am – 1pm

Cheddar Gorge Guided Walk – part of the Mendip Rocks! Festival

A walk with the AONB Volunteer Rangers exploring England’s largest gorge with its weathered crags and pinnacles – one of our most spectacular natural sites. 5 miles – strenuous climbs.

Meet outside the National Trust shop and information centre in Cheddar Gorge, ST 468543.

Booking essential, Andy Mallender (AONB) 01761 462338 or amallender@somerset.gov.uk

Launch weekend is here

Cposter-wawheddar Walking launch weekend is here, and at 11am on Friday 4th there will be an official opening ceremony outside the National Trust shop in Cheddar Gorge. BBC Somerset, Visit Somerset, our local MP James Heappey, representatives of Walkers are Welcome, and other local dignitaries will be present for the cutting of the ribbon and popping some Cheddar “champagne”, followed by a short led walk.

On Saturday there are two free walks, one at 10.30 around the top of the Gorge, and another at 2pm around Cheddar Reservoir. If you would like to come and support Cheddar’s new walking initiative it would be great to see you!