Gorge festival challenges

Cyclists preparing to set off on the Mendip Murmuration at Cheddar Gorge

There's adventure to suit everyone this summer. Check out challenges for trail running, mountain biking, climbing, caving and water-sports.

We're pleased to be able to offer you a range of adrenaline fuelled activities across the weekend this Summer. All set with the stunning backdrop of Cheddar Gorge. 

Running 

The routes run around Cheddar’s jaw-dropping gorge and extend out into the magical Mendip Hills. Parking is at the Top of the Gorge site, close to the start/finish line, where you’ll also find the festival village complete with full facilities, plus excellent food and drink, and entertainment. Everyone who enters a race gains entry to the festival for the day.

Distances include, martathon, half marathon, 10km, 6km, and 3km. For further details and to book visit the Relish Running Races website. 

Cycling

Bikers of a feather flock together, and the Mendip Murmuration mixed-terrain MTB sportive event is set to prove that, as riders explore a challenging new route around Cheddar’s hills and lanes, and along the sensational singletrack that spiders across beautiful Black Down and flows into the fantastic forest playground of Rowberrow Warren. The main course is 32km (20 miles), but an optional extra loop will take more adventurous riders long an additional 16km (10 miles) of cracking terrain that loops lovely Crook Peak and traces more of the magical Mendip Way. 

For further details and to book visit the Channel Events website. 

Stand-up paddleboarding

Cost: £15 per person, per session

Try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding on the calm and scenic surrounds of Cheddar Reservoir, with professional tuition provided by a BSUPA (British Stand Up Paddleboard Association) certified instructor.

All requisite equipment for this activity is supplied and included in the cost. Please wear comfortable clothing and sensible footwear. Actual activity time is 1 hour 15 minutes

Provider: Cheddar Watersports

Category: Watersports

Location: Cheddar Reservoir

Date and time: Friday Evening from 18:00 til dusk, and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5.15pm

Max group size: 6

Discover more and book here

Kayaking

Taster kayaking sessions on Cheddar Resevoir. Learn key paddling skills while having fun on the water, accompanied by fullly qualified kayaking instructors. 

All equipment for this activity is supplied and included in the cost. Please wear comfortable clothing and sensible footwear. Actual activity time is 1 hour and 15 minutes. 

Cost: £18 per person, per session

Provider: Aardvark Endeavours 

Category: Watersports

Location: Cheddar Reservoir

Date and time: 23 June and 24 June: 10-11.15am, 11.30-12.45pm,1.45-3pm, 3.15-4.40pm

Max group size: 12

Minimum age: 9

Discover more and book here