Update 18th December. The Covid situation remains unsettled with rules apt to change at short notice.  We have therefore decided against restarting the programme of guided walks for the time being but will keep this under review.

In the meantime, the Mendip countryside is still there for those prepared to venture out under their own steam. A map and compass and knowledge of how to use them are the basic requirements for finding your way but modern technology and our DIY walks can help.

If you have a smartphone (and a signal) an app "What3words" provides a quick way to notify people, including the emergency services, of your precise location without the need for a grid reference. It is explained, and may be downloaded at www.what3words.com .

DIY Walks

Here are some walks which you can download and refer to while out and about. 

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Hazel Wood Walk

This is an easy walk of just under 3 miles on the north side of Mendip above Compton Martin, with good views over Blagdon and Chew Valley Lakes. The extension provides an extra one and a half miles.

Pen Hill Walk

This is a moderate walk of just under 4 miles involving a descent, and subsequent climb, of 165 metres. The start / end point is on the 376 bus route between Street and Bristol.

Charterhouse and Long Wood

This is a moderate circular walk of around 4 miles starting from Charterhouse, descending through Velvet Bottom then going through Long Wood and up to the wireless station on Beacon Batch before returning to Charterhouse..

Other Ideas

 Detailed walks are published each month the Mendip Times; back issues may be seen at its website (see the links page).

The British Heart Foundation has some potentially useful apps for people with a smartphone: https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/activity/walking/walking-inspiration/free-walking-apps?utm_campaign=1540002_HeartMatters_enewsletter_NonHCP1_September2020_2&utm_medium=email&utm_source=British%20Heart%20Foundation%20%28BHF%29%20&mi_u=8-21511958 .

Slow Intercity Routes. Those looking for a longer walk may be interested in a project to identify the best walking routes between Britain's cities. See here for more details https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54562137.

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