Hey Guys 👋. Yesterday I blogged a great route starting from the bottom of Cheddar Gorge over to Black Rock. Some of you which may have read my blogs before will be able to recognise part of the route 👍🌍.
To begin with, I parked in ‘Cliff Street’ car park, next door to the ‘Riverside’ pub car park, there is a mini-roundabout just before, depending on which way you come from but you can’t miss it. I paid for 4 hours to give me plenty of time without worrying about getting back, this was £3.50. Not unreasonable for a car park at the bottom of Cheddar Gorge!
Below is a simple guide and information about the route to take onboard! 👍
Once parked leave the car park, take a right turn towards the Riverside pub and follow the road around until you walk over a bridge. There will be ‘Slice of Heaven’ on your left, here is a cafe to the right called ‘Edelweiss‘ and a pub called ‘The Black Dog’.
The road to walk up is called ‘The Lippiatt’, continuing up this road, take a left up and through a short stone wall which leads around the back of some properties.
Once through the narrow path bearing to the right, looking left, there are signs leading through the woodland. Take this path which leads up to ‘Pavey’s Tower‘. This is the route I have always taken for the last 25 years!
Pavey’s Tower will be on the left. When I visited there were padlocks on the tower stopping anyone from climbing up the steps. This is a shame because it has been closed for a long time for reconstruction, let’s hope it opens up soon! From here you can also seen Jacob’s ladder!
To the right there are the wooden gates which lead up towards the cliffs, I went through these and followed the path up. Halfway up to the top of the cliffs there are some large stone boulders to look out for.
As the path continues it gets steeper and steeper. There are lots of information signs along the way which are interesting to read. Once up the top, there are always amazing views of Cheddar, Axbridge, Cheddar Reservoir, Crooks Peak, Brent Knoll and many more locations!
At the top, the ground tends to level out here and continues straight ahead.
Continuing ahead along the path it becomes rocky ground with small trees 🌳. This path continues, starting to descend slightly with a large wooden gate to pass through, carrying on into the open again, with another wooden gate with ‘Shipham’ engraved into it and a small ‘Gorge Walk’ sign.
After a 5 minute walk, the path descends straight towards the main road which heads up the gorge. Once at the bottom, cross the main road, walking directly across where there is a large wooden gate leading to ‘Black Rock’.
Lots of you will 💯 recognise this part of the walk from my blog on ‘Black Down to Cheddar Gorge’! 👍📷. After the second wooden gate, there is a sign pointing to the ‘Gorge Walk’, this is where you take a left, through the small gate, after walking through the large gate, heading up a steep ascent.
This path is much more in the woodland area but they path is very clear to follow. 👍🌳.
After walking through the small gates the path descends towards a large gate, where the path leads to the right and up a large number of steps!! This is pretty steep guys!
Once at the top of the steps the path continues on level ground where there are views of so many great places! 🏕👍. Through the woodland area, the path then leads you through a wooden gate into an open area where Cheddar Reservoir is in full view again!
The path leads down and to the right where there is gate ahead, take a left through with a very steep descent to follow. If you are used to this you will be fine! 😅👍.
Once at the bottom of this path it will take you to Cliff Road, where you will be able to see all the Cheddar Gorge Shops. Follow this road down, with the gorge behind you which will take you back to the car park.
This is a great circular walk to complete if you are in the Cheddar area!
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A few more snapshots from the trip, trying out the new selfie stick for the blog!