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Mendip Way - West Section

Mendip Way - West Section

A pleasant, shorter walk from Uphill to Wells along the western section of the Mendip Way.

3 to 5 nights
31 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding

From £290 per person

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About this route

The west section of the Mendip Way starts in the coastal village of Uphill and follows the southern edge of the Mendip escarpment to Wells, England’s smallest city. Along the way, the walk enjoys rolling hills and spectacular viewpoints at which to pause and admire the surrounding landscapes.

This section of the walk passes the Black Rock and Ebbor Gorge Nature Reserves, which are ideal places to spot a variety of wildlife. Arguably the most amazing feature of the trail however is the dramatic Cheddar Gorge, Britain’s largest gorge filled with interesting sites to discover.

© Contours Walking Holidays Mendip Way - West Section map
Weston-Super-Mare to Wells
31 miles (49 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Discovering the wonders of Cheddar Gorge, Britain’s largest and most famous gorge.

Admiring the breath-taking views as you walk through the beautiful Black Rock Nature Reserve.

Visiting the lovely Somerset villages of Uphill, Shipham and Piddy.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
MWW1 From Weston-super-Mare to Wells 3 nights, 2 days walking Demanding£290
MWW2 From Weston-super-Mare to Wells 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate£380
MWW3 From Weston-super-Mare to Wells 5 nights, 4 days walking Easy / Moderate£475

Mendip Way - West Section 3 nights, 2 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Weston-super-Mare where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Weston-super-Mare to Cheddar. 19 miles (30km)

Day 2

Cheddar to Wells. 11.5 miles (18.5km)


Depart from Wells after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£30.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 3 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

An extra night is the perfect way to extend your holiday, whether you spend your day resting, exploring the area on foot, or visiting one of the many local attractions in Somerset.

Consider an extra night in the medieval city of Wells, England's smallest city. Its spectacular 13th century cathedral is one of the many buildings that demonstrate the city's long and fascinating history, including the Bishop's Palace, Moat and Gardens, Vicars' Close and the bustling market place.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 30.5 miles (48.5 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 11.5 miles (18.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 19 miles (30 km)
Code: MWW1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Weston-super-Mare
End of holiday: Wells

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Bristol, Exeter and Cardiff.

By Rail - There is a rail station to the start of the trail at Weston-super-Mare. The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Wells) is at Castle Cary (about 13.5 miles away).

By Bus - Various buses run to to Weston-super-Mare. As at least two buses would be required from Wells to Castle Cary, a taxi would be a better option.

From London - Trains run from London Paddington station to Weston-super-Mare.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take the bus from Wells to Weston-Super-Mare, which runs Monday to Saturday only, so a taxi would be required on a Sunday.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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