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Cheddar Gorge Walks, Somerset

Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

Guarding the gateway to southwest England, Avon and Somerset is fantastic walking country. From its backdrop of lush rolling hills to the Somerset Levels and dramatic coastal paths, Avon and Somerset offers a little of everything. Home to the King Arthur’s legendary kingdom of Avalon and the site of Glastonbury Tor and the ley lines, Somerset is shrouded in tales of mystery and magic that will inspire children to get out and exploring. For those who like a view, the Mendip Hills and dramatic Cheddar Gorge offer plenty of uphill challenge whilst the Exmoor National Park provides wilderness walking for keen hiker.  Children armed with buckets and spades will also not go disappointed with plenty of beautiful coastline waiting to be explored and the foodies amongst you can enjoy visiting the home of Cheddar cheese and scrumpy.

Below are listed a selection of suggested walks in Avon and Somerset for those hiking with babies in carriers or pushchairs. Alternatively the following links offer ideas and route suggestions to get you and the kids out in the West Country fresh air. Unfortunately there is not extensive information for buggy and pushchair walkers in the region – don’t worry, Baby Routes is on the case and will be adding new routes to the list below and in the meantime these links should provide a useful starting point.

 

  1. Strawberry Line: enjoy traffic free walking and cycling with little ones on this dedicated route following the old railway line by the same name. Details of the existing route from Yatton to Cheddar are provided by Sustrans here and projects are under way to expand the route further.
  2. Mendips AONB website provides high level detail of the region’s long distance routes as well as information for visitors.
  3. John Harris’s Walking in Somerset: provides an extensive list of walks, some of which are suitable for buggies and pushchairs.
  4. Martin Hesp’s West Country Walks: offers a selection of dramatic walking routes in Somerset and Exmoor. No listings for pushchair walks but inspiring stuff for those up for adventure with baby carriers or older children.

 

Bishop Sutton & Burledge Hill Walk

Bishop Sutton & Burledge Hill Circular Walk

Walk Distance: 2.6km (basic loop) or 5.2 km (including detour to New Manor Farm)

Walk Duration: 1hr 15 for the basic loop at preschooler pace, with plenty of view admiring time; allow 2-3 hours if heading to New Manor Farm – you’ll want to leave plenty of time …

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Bath Skyline Walk, views over World Heritage City of Bath

Bath Skyline Walk (shorter length)

Walk Distance: 5.9km

Walk Duration: 1hr 30

OS Map: OS Landranger 172 Bristol & Bath; OS Explorer 155 Bristol & Bath; maps also available from National Trust website and Bath Tourist Information Centre (by Bath Abbey)

Suitable for: Babies in backpacks/carriers, older children (a few steep hills …

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Chew Stoke Waterfall in winter, Chew Stoke Waterfall Walk

Chew Stoke Waterfall Walk

Walk Distance: 4.5 km

Walk Duration: 1hr 15

OS Map: OS Landranger 172 Bristol & Bath; OS Explorer 154 Bristol West & Portishead;

Suitable for: Babies in backpacks (a few stiles to climb); older children;

Walk features: waterfall, field walking, pretty views, historic St. Andrews Church
Walk description:

N.B. Walkers have reported …

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View across reed beds at Chew Valley Lake towards Denny Island

Chew Valley Lake Nature Trails Walk

Walk Distance: 4km

Walk Duration: 45 mins

Suitable for: pushchairs (Grebe trail) and baby carriers (Grebe and Bittern trails)

Walk features: Beautiful lakeside views, coffee shop, picnic area, information centre and toilet facilities, bird hides and wildfowl spotting opportunities.

Related walks: Chew Valley Lake to Chew Magna Walk

Walk description:

Chew Valley Lake is a reservoir in the …

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Photo of riverside walking on Chew valley lake to Chew Magna walk

Chew Valley Lake to Chew Magna circular walk

Walk Distance: 5.6km

Walk Duration:  1hr 30  (longer in wet, muddy weather)

OS Map:  OS Landranger 172 Bristol & Bath; OS Explorer 155 Bristol & Bath;

Suitable for: Babies in backpacks (n.b. x 2 tricky stiles); older children

Walk features: field walking, riverside walking, lake, river, dam, pub, tea shop, bank, point of historical interest, …

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Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Downs Pushchair Walk

Walk Distance: 5 km

Walk Duration: 1hr 20 (including view time!)

OS Map: OS Landranger 172 Bristol & Bath; OS Explorer 154 Bristol West & Portishead; Or any good Bristol street map will suffice.

Suitable for: pushchairs, babies in backpacks, little legs, scooters, all the family.

Walk features: great views, point of historic interest, playground, …

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Dunkery Beacon Walk, Carin and Exmoor ponies, Dunkery Beacon, Exmoor.

Dunkery Beacon Cairn Walk

Walk Distance: 8.3 km long route
( or3.9km short route, 5.86km midlength route)

Walk Duration: 3hr long route
(or 1hr 20 short route,  2hr 10 midlength route)

OS Map: OS Landranger Minehead & Brendon Hills 181, OS Explorer Exmoor OL9)

Suitable for: Older children (short & midlength routes suitable for baby carriers & small …

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Felton Common Walk

Felton Common Planes & Bluebells Walk

Walk Distance: 1.5 km (or however far you feel like)

Walk Duration: 30 minutes (or however long you have to spare)

OS Map: OS Landranger 172 Bristol & Bath; OS Explorer 155 Bristol & Bath – but you can just follow your feet!

Suitable …

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Glastonbury Tor in sunshine

Glastonbury Tor & Abbey Circular Walk

Walk Distance: 4.9 km

Walk Duration: 1hr 45 (including stop at top time)

OS Map: OS Landranger Weston-super-Mare 182; OS Explorer Cheddar Gorge & Mendip Hills West 141.

Suitable for: baby carriers, older children.

Walk features: historic monuments, folklore and legends, great views, hill challenge, plenty of refreshment option and shops in Glastonbury.

 

Walk …

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Chew Valley Lake from Baby Routes Knowle Hill Walk

Knowle Hill from Chew Valley Lake Walk

 

Walk Distance: 2 km

Walk Duration: 1 hour with a slow mini walker though you can do it considerably faster at normal walking speed.

Ordnance Survey: OS Explorer 141 Cheddar Gorge & Mendip Hills West; OS Landranger 172 Bristol & Bath

Suitable for: Babies in carriers, good little walkers, all the family.

Walk Features: …

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Bench and view of the mudflats, Poets Walk, Clevedon

Poets Walk and Clevedon Seaside Stroll

Walk Distance: 2 km

Walk Duration: 40 mins

OS Map: OS Explorer 154 Bristol West & Portishead; OS Landranger 172 Bristol & Bath (but splits at Clevedon so not recommended)

Suitable for: pushchairs (be prepared to push up a couple of short, steep hills & 2 short sets of steps wide enough to bump up/down), …

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Stanton Drew - Chew Magna Standing Stones Walk

Stanton Drew to Chew Magna Stone Circle Walk

Walk Distance: 2.5 km one way walk , 5 km round walk

Walk Duration: 1 hr 10 ( with a very slow, dawdling toddler walking the whole way!)

OS Map: OS Explorer 141 Cheddar Gorge & Mendip Hills West; OS Landranger 172 Bristol & Bath

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Stockhill Wood, Wells

Stockhill Wood Pushchair Walk

Walk Distance: 2.5 km

Walk Duration:  40 minutes

OS Map: OS Explorer 141 Cheddar Gorge & Mendip Hills West; OS Landranger 182 Weston-super-Mare;

Suitable for: All-terrain pushchairs, little legs, sturdy ‘normal’ pushchairs (on track route only), babies in backpacks, groups of buggy walkers.

Walk features: Wide gravel tracks, suitable for dog-walkers, no stiles, mixed woodland views, …

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Velvet Bottom Pushchair Walk

Velvet Bottom Pushchair Walk

Walk Distance: 3.1 km

Walk Duration: 40 mins

OS Map:

OS Landranger 182 Weston-Super-Mare; OS Explorer  141 Cheddar Gorge & Mendip Hills West

Suitable for:

Puschairs, babies in backpacks, little legs & all the family;

Walk features:

Nature reserve, point of historic interest, great picnic spots, great route for toddlers, there-and-back again route.

 

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Winscombe Hill, Kigswood & Wavering Down

Wavering Down & Kingswood Walk

Walk Distance: 3km (there & back again), 4.5 km (round walk)

Walk Duration: 1 hr 10 (there & back again) 2hr 30 (round walk)

OS Map: OS Explorer 141 Cheddar Gorge & Mendip Hills West ; OS Landranger 172 Bristol & Bath

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  1. Elizabeth

    There are some great walks here, which I can’t wait to try! Unfortunately I couldn’t open the page for the Stanton Drew walk – maybe there’s a ‘glitch’?! I would also recommend the little walk from Wells, behind the Bishops Palace, to Dulcote. It’s possible to do the majority with a pushchair and all with a carrier, and has beautiful, varied views. http://www.walk4life.info/walk/wells-bishops-palace-dulcote.

    1. Kate Limburn

      Thanks Elizabeth for your feedback. How strange on the Stanton Drew walk. It seems to be working again now but I’ll keep an eye on it -thanks. I think I know the walk you mean behind the Bishops Palace – a lovely walk through the meadows on a paved path for much of it if I remember rightly? Unfortunately Walk4Life now charge people to subscribe (a worthy cause though) to access their walks but I will try to cover the route when I’m next in the West Country as you are spot on with it being a lovely wander and easily accessible from beautiful Wells.

  1. Happy New Year 2015! - Baby Routes

    […] Another highlight was a great new short walk near Chew Valley Lake we discovered. Despite growing up in the Chew Valley, I had never been up to the top of Knowle Hill before though I have driven past it many times. On a crisp, sunny December day this diminutive little hillock gave surprisingly great views all across the Chew Valley including over a sparkling Chew Valley Lake. On a day when the lakeside paths were busy with lots of winter day trippers escaping from Bristol to walk off their Christmas dinners, it was nice to leave them all behind at the car park and head up for a change. A great little discovery and an easy hill for young children to tackle with some lovely options to extend on other Baby Routes walks.  […]

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