Published: 08.08.2023

Guide to the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for Cottage Breaks

Cheddar Gorge, the Mendip HillsThinking of holidaying in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty?  Home to some of England's most beautiful scenery including the awe inspiring Cheddar Gorge and some fascinating places like the Wookey Hole caves, the Mendip Hills are a truly beautiful part of Somerset to discover on a cottage holiday.

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What Do the Mendip Hills Offer for Cottage Breaks?

Set in scenic Somerset, starting close to Weston super Mare in the West and stretching East to Chewton Mendip and south as far as Wells, the Mendip Hills AONB with its limestone hills, Chew Valley lakes, gorges, rocks and impressive views out to the Somerset Levels has lots to offer and interest visitors.


Key Attractions in the Mendip Hills include:

  • Cheddar and Cheddar Gorge - a stunning area, part of which is protected by the National Trust, this 3 mile long limestone gorge is a sight to behold.  Visit the National Trust site to discover the steep cliffs on the northern side of the gorge.  This area is popular with walkers, hikers and rock climbers.  Cliff top walks offer superb views over the surrounding landscape.

    Also at Cheddar Gorge are Cheddar Caves, including Gough's Cave, a showcave open to visitors.
  • Glastonbury - this mystical town lies outside of the Mendip Hills, just 6.5 miles south from Wells.  Home to Glastonbury Tor which is well worth a visit for the views out over the surrounding countryside from the peak and home to plenty of mystique, magical themed shops as well as cafes and eateries, Glastonbury is a fascinating place to visit.
  • Wells - situated just outside of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Wells is England's smallest city and with its fascinating historical architecture and rich history makes for a great day out.
  • Wookey Hole - Just on the edge of the Mendip Hills AONB, close to Wells, is this fascinating network of caves, steeped in legend.
  • Weston super Mare - this popular seaside town lies just west of the western part of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and with its sandy beach and pier is a popular place for a day out.

Walks in the Mendip Hills

The two main walks in the Mendip Hills that can guide you to some of the best of the scenery are:

•    the Mendip Way (made up of the West Mendip Way which connects Weston super Mare to Wells and the East Mendip Way which connects Wells to Frome).

•    the Limestone Link, a 36 mile route all the way from the Cotswolds to the Mendip Hills.



Holidaying in the Mendip Hills AONB

Wherever you choose to stay in the Mendip Hills, whether in a town or in a rural retreat or farmstay cottage deep in the countryside, we hope you find the perfect holiday rental for your Somerset holiday on Country Cottages Online.

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