Ebbor Gorge, Mendips
A shorter and quieter gorge walk than Cheddar but packed with fun little moments and a fabulous view at the top.
Ebbor Gorge Car Park, nearest postcode BA5 1AY. On Deerleap Road between Priddy and Wookey Hole (further down the hill from Deerleap Car Park). Free parking but with an optional donation (we encourage you to donate if you can)
The paths can become very muddy and slippery in heavy rain. We advise good shoes or boots. Some steep hill climbs. One section in the gorge requires some simple scrambling (just rocky steps) but this section can be extremely slippery after rain and should probably be avoided in heavy rain.
Yes. There is a field crossing at the top where they may potentially be livestock but it's usually well signposted.
The drive from Bristol is approx. 45 mins. If you wanted to extend the walk you could start at Wookey Hole which has some infrequent bus links within the area.
At the end of the car park you'll see a main path (with a little info sign on the right). Don't take this path, instead turn right at the end of the car park onto a smaller path and climb over the small wall. Head down a long set of steps into the gorge.
At the bottom you'll see signs for 'The Gorge'. Follow these through the woods around to the left.
Keep following the signs until you start to climb upwards again. It's a gentle climb at first but you'll soon find yourself hiking through the narrow gorge as it gets rockier and the steps get steeper.
At the top of the climb you'll reach a crossroads. Turn right here and continue up through the woods. At the next crossroads turn right again, there is a sign marked 'Viewpoint' (or similar) at this point. Follow the path to the viewpoint and enjoy the well-earned view.
From the viewpoint, retrace your steps back to the crossroads with the 'Viewpoint' sign and turn left back to the head of the gorge. Instead of turning left back down through the gorge again, keep going along the path up another steep-ish hill through the wood. Eventually you'll reach a gate out onto a field.
Follow the path along the edge of the field until you reach a second gate that takes you back through the woods. Continue to follow this path in and out of the woods. At one point there is a steep downhill section that can get a bit muddy!
You'll end up coming alongside the road and there'll be various forked paths to follow. It doesn't really matter which you take - all of them lead back to the car park as long as you keep the road on your right.