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Black Rock lime kiln walk


This is a gentle and easy walk through a hidden dry limestone valley, ending in a peaceful grassy area, ideal for a picnic.

The walk can be continued on up through Velvet Bottom to Charter House. Grade of walk: Trainer (all rounder); Type of walk: 'Hidden Places', 'Flora & Fauna.'

Cheddar Gorge, local landmark, Somerset
Explore a hidden limestone valley at Cheddar Gorge with this gentle and easy walk Jim Elliott


Map route for Black Rock lime kiln walk
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The lay by at Black Rock Gate, grid ref: ST482546


Park in the lay by at Black Rock Gate in Cheddar Gorge.

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Go through the gate and follow the track through the steep-sided woods. Pass through another gate. Notice how the trees and walls are luxuriant in mosses and ferns.

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Keep going along the track, coming out of the woods into a steep sided, sunny limestone grassland valley. This grassland is studded with lime-loving flowers like the rock rose, yellow-wort and wild thyme. The marbled white butterfly is commonly seen here in the summer.

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Walk past an old lime kiln on your left, carrying along the track, with a dry stone wall on your right.


You can now see the quarry on your left, continue walking along the track.


Head up left onto a flat grassy area, this is ideal for a picnic, or just to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet. House martins, swallows and swifts hawk for insects over this area.


Walk across the grass, with the rock face on your right until you are near the top of the lime kiln. From here, there's a steep unfenced drop.


Pass this on your left and drop back down to the path.


Follow this back, retracing your steps, to Black Rock Gate.

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The lay by at Black Rock Gate, grid ref: ST482546

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Black Rock lime kiln walk


The walk is flat, with gates, but no stiles. There's a hard track surface, but it may be muddy in places during the winter.

Dogs are welcome on leads.

Black Rock lime kiln walk

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Black Rock lime kiln walk

How to get here

Cheddar Gorge, Cheddar, Somerset
By road

Drive up Cheddar Gorge from Cheddar for 1.5 miles (2.4km).

Black Rock lime kiln walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome on leads
  • Public toilets in Cheddar village centre
  • No public transport available