This circular walk explores a wonderful limestone gorge near Wookey Hole. In the gorge you will find waymarked woodland trails and a variety of interesting plants and flowers. There's also pretty streams and lots of interesting rock formations. There is some climbing involved with some of the paths reaching a height of over 700ft. From these high points at the top of the gorge there are great views towards Glastonbury and the Somerset Levels.
The area is also a designated nature reserve so look out for wildlife including red deer and birds of prey. The site also attracts a large variety of butterflies including white-letter hairstreak, high brown fritillary and chalkhill blue. Flora includes bluebells, wood anemone, ancient woodland and various fungi and ferns.
There is a good sized car park just off the Deerleap Road where you can start your walk. You could also follow the West Mendip Way from the nearby town of Wells to the site. It's about a two mile walk, passing Wookey Hole on the way.
The West Mendip Way passes through the area so you could pick this up to extend your walk.
Heading north will take you to the village of Priddy through the countryside. A couple of miles beyond Priddy you will find Rodney Stoke and Draycott Sleights Nature Reserves where there are nice footpaths and lots of flora and fauna to look out for.
PostcodeBA5 1AY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Ebbor Gorge Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Ebbor Gorge Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Wookey Hole Inn is located just to the south of the reserve and a good choice for some post walk refreshments. The inn has an interesting interior with décor based on the local Wookey Hole caves and the old-world, new-age Glastonbury. Behind the inn there's a fantastic sculpture garden where you can sit out and enjoy your meal. There's seating for over 100 people and it's planted with bamboos, grasses and herbs. You can find the pub at postcode BA5 1BP for your sat navs.
The wooded gorge is a fine place for a dog walk and you will probably see plenty of other owners as you make your way through the area. It's probably safest to put them on leads at the high points as there are quite sheer drops down. The Wookey Hole Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
You can visit the gorge from the nearby city of Wells by following the West Mendip Way to the site. Our Wells Walk shows the route which also visits the village of Wookey Hole. It's about a 2.5 mile walk from the city centre so should take around 45 minutes to an hour.
The spectacular Cheddar Gorge and the picturesque Cheddar Reservoir are also only a few miles north west.
The circular Priddy Walk starts from the nearby village. It visits the gorge and a series of other local highlights including the ancient Priddy Nine Barrows, the Priddy Mineries Nature Reserve and Wookey Hole. There's also a fine 19th century village inn for some post walk refreshment.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Mendip Hills Walks and Somerset Walks pages.