Cheddar Gorge, Velvet Bottom, Beacon Batch and Rowberrow

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Jun 05
2021

20 people attending

0 places left

3 people waitlisted

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£12.50
Event booking closes on Jun 4 at 20:00:00
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17km but challenging in places due to hilly nature of the terrain

This is a 17km circular route, starting in Cheddar, and walking up the western edge of Cheddar gorge, a world famous Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).  The walk commences with the toughest ascent of the day, and passes the lookout tower and pulpit rock, where you can get far reaching views right across the Somerset levels towards the Quantock hills in the distance, as well as cliff top views down into the gorge itself. From here we descend down to the flower rich limestone grassland of the Black Rock and Velvet Bottom Nature reserves.  We then ascend up to the Beacon Batch trig point, which at 325 metres, is the highest point within the Mendip Hills, where weather permitting,  we should get spectacular views across North Somerset and the Bristol channel, before dropping down to the woodland of Rowberrow Warren, and from there returning to the start point in Cheddar.

This walk is approximately 17km in length, has some very steep sections, with a total height gain of 544 metres.

 

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  • Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who lives or is in a support bubble with someone showing symptoms, is asked not to attend. This is in line with the government’s coronavirus advice.
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Photo Credits: All photos taken by Colin Day and permission is granted to OutdoorLads for further use.

 

Looking across from the West side of the Gorge to the rock face on the East side
View from Pulpit Rock out across the Somerset Levels
Tree lined path running down from Mendip Raceway
Tree lined path through Rowberrow Warren
View along Black Down between Beacon Batch and Rowberrow (in the distance)
Grass bank with some shrubbery and an old quarry face within Black Rock nature reserve
Looking across from the West side of the Gorge to the rock face on the East side
View from Pulpit Rock out across the Somerset Levels
Tree lined path running down from Mendip Raceway
Tree lined path through Rowberrow Warren
View along Black Down between Beacon Batch and Rowberrow (in the distance)
Grass bank with some shrubbery and an old quarry face within Black Rock nature reserve

Location

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