GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Samaritans Way South West

103 miles (166 km)

Starting at Bristol follow the Samaritans Way to Lynton, in Devon, and visit the Avon Gorge, the Chew Valley, the Cheddar Gorge, the Mendips, the Quantock Hills and the Brendon Hills. The walk also takes you through the beautiful Exmoor National Park where you will visit the lovely Doone Valley. Here you can try our lovely Lorna Doone Walk.
This trail visits some of the sites connected to Richard Dodderidge Blackmore's 1869 novel 'Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor'.

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Samaritans Way South West OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Samaritans Way South West Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


On the walk you can take a break and head to the White Hart in Cheddar for some well earned refreshments (Postcode:BS27 3QN). Here you can enjoy a ploughman's lunch and a decent pint of Cheddar Ale in the nice beer garden.
There's also the popular Lion Rock Tea Rooms. Nestled in the heart of Cheddar Gorge in one of the oldest, most photographed and documented buildings beneath the World Famous Lion Rock. You can find it on the Cliffs Road at postcodeBS27 3QE.
At the start of the route you are close to the Clifton Observatory on the eastern side of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Here you can enjoy refreshments in the 360 cafe which offers fine views over the Avon Gorge and the city of Bristol. There's also an interesting museum and one of only three of the UK's working camera obscuras.
In the little village of Monksilver you could visit the Notley Arms. The pub has a lovely, large garden area with a pretty stream. It's perfect for relaxing in on warm summer days. They serve Somerset's finest Ales, Beers and Ciders as well as the best local produce for the meals, which are freshly prepared daily by the award winning team of chefs. They also provide excellent accommodation if you need to stay over. You can find the pub in the village at postcode TA4 4JB for your sat navs. There's also the opportunity here of taking a small detour from the route to visit the lovely Combe Sydenham Country Park.
In Somerset's Crowcombe there's the noteworthy Carew Arms. The historic pub dates back to the 17th century and has a charming interior with an ancient inglenook fire. Outside there's a splendid large garden area with views towards the Brendon Hills. You can find them at postcode TA4 4AD for your sat navs.


Samaritans Way South West - - 1986230

Samaritans Way South West

Part of The Samaritans Way (South West) - - 251720

Part of The Samaritans Way (South West)

Gated bridleway, Bye Common - - 395153

Gated bridleway, Bye Common. The trail follows this bridleway over Bye Common in the Exe Valley.

Samaritans Way South West - - 1986230

On Exmoor near Badgworthy Hill.

Quantock bridleway - - 1278777

Quantock bridleway. The bridleway runs along the ridge top of the Quantock Hills, and is followed here by both the Macmillan Way West and the Samaritans Way South West.

Cheddar Gorge - - 1009262

Cheddar Gorge

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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