Walking With The Mendip Society

The Society runs a comprehensive programme of walks, almost every weekend. Details can be found in the printed programme which is widely circulated, or in the Events section of this web site.

Visitors are welcome to join our walks for a £2 donation towards the work of the Mendip Society. Walks are sometimes for members only and tghis will be specified in the Programme.

Please wear suitable clothing and boots, and please ensure that the walk grade is suitable for your fitness level. All walkers must take personal responsibility for their own safety (and that of any accompanying children), informing the leader of any personal health matter which might affect them on that walk. Unless stated otherwise, well behaved dogs on leads are welcome on walks. Assistance Dogs are welcome on all walks.

Walks Grading System

Easy. Up to 4 miles (1 - 2 hrs) with less than 50m of continuous ascent, mainly low gradients or flat. Terrain mainly undemanding, e.g. reasonable paths used, little loose rock, stones, or large areas of mud or water.

Moderate. 4 to 6 miles (2 - 3 hrs) with 50m -150m of continuous ascent, terrain undulating but either one significant hill or several smaller ones. Terrain may include small areas of rock, loose stones, mud, & minor scrub. Most walks are expected to lie in this category.

Harder. More than 6 miles of the type of walking in the Moderate class, or continuous steep ascents of more than 150m (400ft), or a number of smaller steep hills, or more than one of these features.

A number of 'Favourite Walks' are available online and can be downloaded in 'pdf' format.

There are many ways of reaching Mendip and exploring it when you’re there. And you don’t need a car. The information below was correct as of November 2015.

By Rail

The nearest rail stations giving access to the Mendip Hills are Weston-super-Mare, Yatton, Bristol Temple Meads, Bath Spa, Frome and Castle Cary.   Local bus routes into the hills are available from most of these. See the “By Bus” section below.

By Coach

National Express Coach Service 403 runs from London (Victoria Coach Station) to Street and calls at Wells.

By Bus

  • The following local bus routes give good access to the Mendip Hills either daily or on weekdays:

126 Weston-super-Mare to Wells, via Winscombe, Axbridge and Cheddar

161 Shepton Mallet to Wells

173 Bath to Wells via Radstock, Chilcompton and Gurney Slade

174 Bath to Wells via Radstock, Oakhill, Shepton Mallet and Croscombe

376   Bristol to Wells, via Pensford, Clutton, Temple Cloud and Chewton Mendip.

  • Other bus services routes are supported by local authority funding and run less frequently, but give access to more remote communities. In many case these run on only one day of the week and are set up to provide transport from villages to the larger towns, rather than outwards to the countryside. Nonetheless they can be useful when combined with an end-to-end walk.