Mendip Society are organising a walk that takes in much of our no. 2. walking route on Tuesday 27th December 2016. Meet at 10.30am by the Gardeners Arms, Silver Street, Cheddar BS27 3LE. Do not use the pub car park. A 5 mile hilly walk with good views. Contact Gill on 01934 742508 for more details.
We are pleased to have been accredited for the national Walkers are Welcome scheme, and on 4th and 5th September 2015 there was an official launch for Cheddar Walking. Local dignitaries and representatives of tourist associations were present to “cut the ribbon”, and there were guided walks on the Friday and Saturday.
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)
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!
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.
Huw Robson, chairman of Cheddar Walking, selling mistletoe.