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.


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!

Cheddar Walking supporters survey

Cheddar Walking chair Huw Robson and Cheddar Parish Councillor Gill Davies preparing for the Cheddar Walking launch event
Cheddar Walking chair Huw Robson and Cheddar Parish Councillor Gill Davies preparing for the Cheddar Walking launch event

If you run a local business or organisation in Cheddar and would like to support our Walkers are Welcome initiative, please spend a minute or two completing this survey to let us know what facilities and services you offer to promote the enjoyment of walking in the Cheddar area.

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