Hampshire Hikes & Historical Sites
Bring intriguing coastal trails and history alive in South Hampshire.
The dramatic Cheddar Gorge and Somerset's finest landscapes (over the Christmas or New Year period)
South West England
What does this mean?
Tour codes: 70304
Full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent.
The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground.
Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding.
Nestling between the Mendips and the Bristol Channel, Loxton is well located to explore the varied hill-country, coast and limestone wonders of northern Somerset. The undulating limestone and sandstone ridge of the Mendip Hills rises to just over 325m and the rocky outcrops, hilltops, valleys and gorges of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty provide an ideal setting for an exhilarating short walking break.
The West Mendip Way runs alongside our hotel and leads east to Crook Peak or westwards to Bleadon Hill – both with spectacular views over the Somerset Levels to Exmoor. Perhaps a highlight of this holiday is a walk through the limestone cliff country of the impressive Cheddar Gorge. A visit to the stalactite show caves is optional, however well worthwhile if you haven't visited before.
There are lots of places of interest nearby (Wells, Wookey Hole and Glastonbury) to visit on your arrival or departure day.
We offer two holidays over the festive period;
Loxton & the Mendips at Christmas - operates on 23 December 2021 for 4 nights
Loxton & the Mendips at New Year - operates on 30 December 2021 for 3 nights
Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.
NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen
Itinerary & Travel
Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
Independent arrival at The Webbington Hotel in Loxton. Check in is from 2.30pm. Meet your tour leader and travel companions in the hotel bar at around 6.30pm before dinner.
Today's walk starts and finishes at Cheddar Gorge. We follow the path past the Lookout Tower. There will be some good views over the Gorge. The walk continues around farmland, a Nature Reserve and Velvet Bottom - a site of special scientific interest for ecology and archaeology. The Romans mined here for silver and lead. There will be an opportunity end of the walk to either visit the caves or spend some time in Cheddar where you may like to try some cheese and/or cider tasting.
On Christmas Day, a short morning local walk will be provided before we arrive back at the hotel in time for Christmas lunch. The afternoon and evening on Christmas Day will be free time.
Today's walk will involve walking directly from and to the hotel. There will be an ascent of Crook Peak, the most conspicuous in the Mendip Hills, continuing to Wavering Down with great views from the summits. A packed lunch will be provided on Boxing Day, however other packed lunches are not included in the holiday cost.
Independent departure from the hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 11am. We hope you enjoyed your Christmas break and wish you a very happy New Year.
Departure dates for your selected tour
23rd Dec 2021 - 27th Dec 2021 (4 Nights)
Private coach transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary, is included.
Nearest railway stations: Weston super mare station (7 miles) or Weston Milton station (4.5 miles).
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.
The three-star Webbington Hotel & Spa sits in extensive grounds on the southern slopes of the Mendip Hills above the picturesque hamlet of Loxton. Formerly an Edwardian manor house and hunting lodge, the hotel has been extended and recently refurbished to include its own leisure club with an indoor pool. A perfect base from which to explore the natural highlights of the Mendips. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout and there is also a bar and lounge alongside a restaurant. Facilities also include an indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym.
Check in on arrival is from 2.30pm.
This is a Grade 5 moderate holiday which includes full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding but equally rewarding. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' for more information.
The undulating limestone and sandstone ridge of the Mendip Hills rises to just over 325m and the rocky outcrops, hilltops, valleys and gorges of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty provide an ideal setting for an exhilarating short walking break.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
To reach the hotel…
by car: from J22 of the M5, follow the A38 towards Bristol. After 5 miles at Lower Weare village turn left just after ‘The Lamb’ public house and follow signs to the hotel.
by rail: from Weston-Super-Mare railway station you will need to take a taxi for the 7 miles to the hotel.
by coach: the nearest bus station is also at Weston-Super-Mare.
Taxis from Weston-Super-Mare: a taxi from Weston-Super-Mare to Loxton. You may wish to contact Apple Central for a quote (Tel: 01934 666666).
You may also wish to look at the following website for advice on the best way to travel to the accommodation;
The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels. Details can be found at:
Meeting your tour leader and fellow walkers:
Please check the time of dinner (usually 7pm) on arrival at the hotel, and aim to be in the hotel bar half an hour before dinner for an introduction to your tour leader, an outline of the planned programme for your holiday and the chance to meet your walking companions.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
Passport Information for United Kingdom
Any non UK or EU citizens may be subject to passport, identity card or visa requirements to enter the United Kingdom.
Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Holiday Specific Kit
In addition, we recommend that you bring a flask with you on your walks each day. Due to the time of year, it is sensible to bring a hot drink out with you to help keep warm.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Maps, Guidebooks & More
Our intended route is covered by the following maps:
Ordnance Survey Explorer series (1:25,000):
153 Weston-super-Mare & Bleadon Hill
141 Cheddar Gorge & Mendip Hills West
The Map Shop
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for United Kingdom
No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.
Further Travel Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
Although not compulsory for British and EU citizens resident in the UK, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of eventualities such as unexpected cancellation, accident or illness before your holiday or the loss of personal possessions.
Visitors who are not British Citizens (or who are not EU citizens resident in the UK), must be adequately insured to join our holidays and will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
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