Cheddar Gorge walk

Walking trail

At almost 400ft (122m) deep and 3 miles (4.8km) long, this is England’s largest gorge, and with its weathered crags and pinnacles, one of our most spectacular natural sights.

Discover one of England's most iconic landscapes

Cheddar Gorge plays host to a varied community of specialised plants and wildlife, many of which you’ll get the chance to spot on this exhilarating circular walk.

Cheddar Gorge geological features


Map route for Cheddar Gorge walk


National Trust Information Centre, grid ref: ST468543


Take the track called Cufic Lane, which is off The Cliffs, opposite the National Trust Information Centre. A short way up this track you'll see a National Trust omega sign and a gate leading up a steep path.

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Go through the gate and keep to the path leading up through the woods. This is a very steep path, and the most strenuous part of the route, but worth the climb. Continue uphill until you get to the top of the path and go through the gate at the top.

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Head towards the stone wall diagonally to your right. Keep the wall/fencing to your right at all times, the cliff edge is just below this area. Continue up the path until you reach a kissing gate. Go through and follow this path. At the bottom of the hill, turn right and follow the track to reach the main road (B3151).

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Turn left and continue up the road for a short distance until you see a footpath on the right side of the road, heading steeply uphill through the woods. Follow this and on reaching the top of the hill, continue walking until the path divides. NB: for a shorter walk, turn right and follow the B3151 back to the Information Centre. Caution is needed as there are no pavements and the road is busy with some sharp bends.

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Bear right rather than taking the route marked to Draycott, and continue until you see a very tall gate. This is now going into land owned by Cheddar Gorge, but this part of the attraction is free and open to the public. You'll quickly reach the highest point of the Gorge and can look across to the other side you've just walked along. Follow the path leading downwards until you get to Jacobs Ladder and Paveys Lookout Tower. Don't go down Jacobs Ladder but instead take the quieter path to the left, through the trees, which brings you out onto Lippiat Lane.

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Turn right down the hill and right again at Shannaz Restaurant, onto the high street. Walk back up this road to arrive back at the National Trust Information Centre.

Cheddar Information centre and shop


National Trust Information Centre, grid ref: ST468543

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Cheddar Gorge walk


This is a moderate 4-mile (6km) route along paths. Several stiles and kissing gates, rough walking in sections and some steep climbs. It is not advisable to attempt this walk in foggy or very windy weather.

SAFETY IN CHEDDAR GORGE: Please do not stand under the cliffs as small rocks may fall at any time. Use only the footpaths signed for the gorge walk at the top and bottom of Cheddar Gorge. It is dangerous to depart from these footpaths.

Dogs are welcome.

Cheddar Gorge walk

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Cheddar Gorge walk

How to get here

The Cliffs, Cheddar, Somerset
By train

Weston-Super-Mare, 9 miles (14.4km).

By road

For Cheddar Cliffs take A371 to Wells from Weston-Super-Mare. 8 miles (12.8km) north-west of Wells, signposted off M5, A371 Axbridge to Wells road and A38 Burnham to Bristol road.

By bus

Service 668, Street to Lower Langford, stops at Tweentown, Cheddar. Service 126, Weston-Super-Mare station to Wells, stops at Winscombe and Cheddar.

By bicycle

Strawberry Line (National Cycle Network route 26) is an 8 mile (12.8km) trail linking Cheddar to Kings Wood, leading to Wavering Down and Crook Peak.

Cheddar Gorge walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome
  • Picnic areas along the gorge
  • Cliffs may be difficult to access for those with limited mobility
  • Public toilets in Cheddar village centre