The B3135 road from Cheddar to Ashwick running through Cheddar Gorge

Cheddar Gorge Circular Walk

Cheddar Gorge Circular Walk

Enjoy an exhilarating circular walk in this beautiful part of the country. Cheddar Gorge in Somerset offers an iconic landscape and a more challenging trail to take on. 

Positioned in an AONB, Cheddar Gorge is not only one of the UK’s most incredible natural landmarks, but also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), boasting magnificent cliffs, wildlife and opportunities for rock climbing and caving.  

This trail that leads from the lovely village of Cheddar is great for hiking and running. It is beautiful to visit anytime of the year with plenty of historic sites and fantastic views to admire. 

There are some parts of this walk that are quite steep, so make sure you have appropriate gear for walking and watch your footing going down the hill.


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  • Hiking 
  • Running 
  • Walking 
  • Historic Site 
  • Wildlife 


  1. From the car park, head along The Cliffs to the east until you reach The Original Cheddar Cheese Company on your right. 
  2. When you arrive here, make a left turn onto Cufic Lane. 
  3. After the Rockface café, turn right and climb the steep hill. 
  4. Continue on through the wooded area and once you reach the top of the hill, go through the gate and bear off to the right. 
  5. Keep following the Cliff Top Gorge Walk through the kissing gate and then head downhill until you meet another gate. 
  6.  When you reach the bottom of the hill, go through the kissing gate, turn right, go through a second gate and then continue walking down the bridle path. 
  7. At the bottom of the bridle path, turn right and keeping walking along the path until you come to the main road. 
  8. Cross the main road to the right, then follow the trail on the other side and continue along until you come to a fork. Here you will take the path on the right. Note: Do not follow the West Mendip Way. 
  9. Keep following the path through a set of high gates. There will be a wooded area to your right. 
  10. Rise to the brow of the hill before gradually descending and keep away from the sheer side of the Gorge to your right. 
  11. A rocky path will take you downwards through the woods, passing through another tall gate.
  12. Just before Pavey’s lookout tower, head left and downhill through the woods and join Lynch Lane. Then walk to the end and turn right onto the narrow Lippiatt Road. 
  13. When you reach the end of this lane take a slight right onto St Andrews Road and then turn left onto Cliff Street to head back to the car park. 


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