There’s only one place to start when it comes to walking Cheddar and that’s high above the mind-blowing gorge. The Cheddar Gorge walk starts at the Lookout Tower and carries on for three spectacular miles. The walk takes its walkers to the highest point of the gorge high above the Horseshoe Bend (a fantastic spot for a photo opportunity if ever there was one) before taking walkers down to Black Rock Gate.
Cheddar Gorge is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as well as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, so there are few walks with quite the same exhilarating scenery and geological significance. Make sure you take an extra layer of clothing on this walk – even if it feels mild – as once you slow down on the cliff tops you’ll feel the cold. Also, this may be a relatively short walk but walking boots are needed for this one as much of the way is rocky and can be muddy at times.
Look out for the resident herd of goats that call the cliff tops home as they’re more important to the landscape than you might think. Without them feasting on the scrub the cliff-edge flowers and rare grassland that make the area so distinctive would be enveloped. Remember to keep your dog on the lead if you do this walk with your pet as much of the route follows cliff tops.