Walkers are welcome

Walking with the family

We're really pleased to be part of the ‘Walkers are Welcome’ guide with Cheddar being recently accredited as a special destination for walkers.

What does this mean?

The Walkers are Welcome scheme supports towns and villages to provide a special offer to walkers by

  • encouraging top quality information on local walks
  • offering local people and visitors excellent walking opportunities within their areas
  • ensuring that footpaths and facilities for walkers are maintained
  • improving signposts
  • contributing to local tourism plans and regeneration strategies
  • promoting the health benefits of walking and increase participation
  • encouraging the use of public transport


Cheddar’s new accreditation and support from local traders will encourage tourists with a particular interest in walking to visit the area. It is only the fifth community in Somerset to gain the status.

'Walkers are Welcome' stickers are now being displayed in the windows of Cheddar businesses who are supportive of the initiative and provide facilities and/or information for walkers. Our National Trust shop & Tourist Information Centre is one such location.

" We are delighted to be working with the National Trust and Mendip Society on promoting these local walks and we plan to offer other guided walks in the future with a variety of organisations to encourage local residents and visitors to discover Cheddar's archaeology, history , wildlife and surrounding landscape."
- Cheddar Walking Chairman, Huw Robson

Shop and Tourist Information Centre

The shop and TIC serve as a gateway to the stunning Somerset countryside of Cheddar Gorge that is managed by the Longleat Estate and National Trust

As well as stocking a a mixture of souvenirs and the usual well-loved National Trust favourites such as woollen blankets, bags, jams and biscuits, the National Trust shop and TIC can provide visitors to the Gorge with local walking routes and trails, local maps, walking literature, insect and wildlife guidebooks, walking boots and outdoor clothing. 

Funds raised from the shop helps to maintain walking routes and paths around Cheddar Gorge and the Mendip Hills, replace and install new steps for easier access and keep areas of grassland free from scrub to enable wildflowers and insects to thrive.

Helpful staff and volunteers that run the shop are passionate about the Gorge and have a weath of knowledge to share.

Is there much to see?

Aside from the spectacular views to be had on its walking routes, Cheddar Gorge boasts magnificent sights such as peregrine falcons soaring above its heights, the famous Lion Rock, water voles, Greater Horseshoe bats and the incredibly rare Cheddar Pink flower - which is unique to the area.

Find out more about 'Walkers are Welcome' and download walks in Cheddar for free here: http://www.walkersarewelcome.org.uk/