SUNDAY, 21st MAY AT 9.30 am: AXBRIDGE, Nr Cheddar
The charming market town of Axbridge is situated at the foot of the Mendip Hills at the southern edge and near the River Axe. The town was once part of a Saxon defence system against the Viking invaders. Its half-timbered buildings lean towards each other across a narrow street leading from the medieval square in the centre. Axbridge was once a river port and valued for its wool production.
The walk today commences from the town centre and from where we will pass the magnificent 13th Century Church of St John the Baptist on our right before crossing the main road to the foot of the Mendip Hills. We will then take the footpath to the highest point 235m above sea level. We will have chance to look back and admire the Cheddar Reservoir, which, hopefully, will be twinkling in the sunshine, and to take a breather from time to time! Once on the summit, the views across Bristol and the Bristol Channel come into their own. We will then return to Axbridge.
Duration: allow up to 3 hours. If the weather is pleasant and warm, we may like to stop and admire the views a little longer. At the time of writing, beautiful violets were just peeping through. Distance 8 Kms. Directions: We took the B3135 through the magnificent Cheddar Gorge. Post code: BS26 2BL – to the free Long Stay Moorland Street Car Park. (Note there is short stay Car Park for 2 hours) Level: Moderate. There is one long hill. There are many places in the town square for refreshments following the walk. One word of warning: the free car park quickly fills to capacity.