Explore this fascinating carboniferous limestone gorge on this circular walk in the Mendip Hills AONB. The site is geologically significant with numerous caves, cliffs and interesting rock formations. There is also an Iron Age univallate hill fort known as Burrington Camp and a variety of plants to look out for including Rock-rose, Wild Thyme and Wood Sage. Look out for mountain goats on the precarious cliff edges. The goats were introduced to the area to help reduce scrub and unwanted plants, so preserving the natural habitat.
You can start your walk at the car park next to the Rock of Ages on the eastern side of the Coombe. You then climb east across the site reaching a height of nearly 700ft. From the high points there are magnificent views over the Mendips.
The area is also popular with mountain bikers with some good trails up to Beacon Batch.
To extend your walk you can head west to Mendip Lodge Wood and Dolebury Warren on the Limestone Link. It's a lovely area with an Iron Age hill fort, wildflowers, butterflies and splendid views across North Somerset and the Mendips.
Just to the south west you will find miles of woodland trails in Rowberrow Warren Wood. This is another good place for mountain bikers. The West Mendip Way also runs through the southern section of the wood so you can pick this up and head to Shipham.
You could also visit the nearby Blagdon Lake where there is a nice waterside footpath at the northern end of the water. The climb to Beacon Batch on Black Down hill starts from the car park. The hill is the highest point in the Mendips and provides great views over the lake.
PostcodeBS40 7AU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Burrington Combe Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Burrington Combe Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Burrington Combe OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Burrington Combe Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Just to the east of Burrington you'll find the little village of Blagdon where there are a few good options for post walk refreshments. The New Inn (Postcode BS40 7SB) is a classic rural inn overlooking a fishing lake, serving real ales and pub grub with leafy beer garden. It's a nice place to relax outside on warmer days. The Queen Anne and Seymour Arms are also great options.
The coombe is a nice place for a dog walk as is the surrounding woodland at Mendip Lodge Wood and Rowberrow Warren. The New Inn pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.