This Somerset based village is a fine place to start a walk with some fascinating ancient sites, wildlife rich nature reserves and murky limestone caverns to explore. There's also some fine country walking in the surrounding Mendips Hills to enjoy. The village sits at an elevation of nearly 1,000 feet (300 m) above sea-level, meaning it is located at one of the highest points in the hills.
This circular walk from the village visits some of the local highlights including the ancient Priddy Nine Barrows, the Priddy Mineries Nature Reserve, the Ebbor Gorge National Nature Reserve and the mysterious Wookey Hole near Wells.
The walk starts in the village and heads north towards Townsend and the Priddy Pool. Here you pick up Nine Barrows Lane and follow it north east towards Cranmore view. From here you can pick up a footpath heading south to Priddy Nine Barrows. The Barrows are a Bronze Age cemetery and are on open ground at just over 300m above sea level. From the elevated position there are splendid views over the Somerset countryside.
The route continues south through the Priddy Mineries where there's a series of pools and lots of wildlife to look out for. Here you pick up the Monarch's Way and continue south to Dursdon Wood and the Ebbor Gorge. This scenic limestone gorge inlcludes streams, woodland and a wide variety of plants and flowers.
In the gorge you can pick up the West Mendip Way and follow the waymarked footpath towards Wookey Hole and the Wookey Hole Caves attraction. For a fee you can explore the caves which have been used by humans for around 45,000 years.
The route then continues north along the West Mendip way to take you back to Priddy, via Dursdon Drove and Pelting Drove.
Priddy Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Priddy Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Priddy OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Priddy Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Back in the village there's the Queen Victoria Inn for some post walk refreshment. The 19th century pub includes original features such as wonderful flagstone flooring, huge fireplaces and beamed ceilings. The friendly pub serves good quality food and has a fine selection of ales as well. They also have a nice garden area to sit out in if the weather is fine. You can find them at Pelting Drove with a postcode of BA5 3BA for your sat navs.
The woodland and country trails make for a fine dog walk. There are some steep high points in the Ebbor Gorge where it's best to keep them on leads. The Queen Victoria Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To the west of the village you can continue your walking around Draycott Sleights Nature Reserve. The spectacular Cheddar Gorge and the picturesque Cheddar Reservoir are also only a few miles north west.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Mendip Hills Walks page.