Top of the Gorge challenges

Runners head off for their challenge

Coronavirus update: due to current government guidance, Top of the Gorge, a festival filled with outdoor adventure, inspirational speakers, challenges and activities, has been cancelled.


There's adventure to suit everyone this summer. Check out challenges for the trail runner, mountain biker, road cyclist, climber, caver or axe-thrower in you.

Whether you're an ultra-experienced outdoors expert, or a newbie to trails, crags and caves, there's an adventure to suit everyone at Top of the Gorge.

Kick off your summer of sport with a range of adrenaline fuelled activities across the weekend. There are challenges of a mix of lengths and difficulty in trail running, moutain biking, climbing, caving and target sports, all set with the stunning backdrop of Cheddar Gorge. 


Running at Top of the Gorge festival

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. 


Mountain biking at Top of the Gorge festival

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, flows into the fantastic forest playground of Rowberrow Warren and takes in the iconic Cheddar Gorge on trails not usually open to the public. The main course is 32km (20 miles), but an optional extra loop will take more adventurous riders along an additional 16 - 24km (10-15 miles) of magical Mendip terrain. The Mendip Murmuration is the first installment of the 'Triple', will you be on the start line?

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


Road cycling at Top of the Gorge festival

Mendips Lakes and Lumps road-cycling challenge, will see riders take on a 43-mile course that climbs through Cheddar Gorge and wends along the lovely lanes that coil around the Mendip Hills and surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The ride takes place on Sunday 14 June, and starts from the entrance to the Top of the Gorge festival site. The course is designed to offer a physical challenge, but with 800 metres of climbing it's also highly enjoyable and accessible to people of varying ability on various bikes. 

Riders will set off between 8am and 8.30am and most will finish by late morning/early afternoon, allowing plenty of time to enjoy their free day entry to the festival itself. Family and friends accompanying cyclists will be able to enjoy great food and entertainment at the festival, before cheering returning riders across the finish line.

For further information and to book visit the Mendip Lakes and Lumps Ride website.