You could always just stay at the campsite, listening to the birds and wildlife, sitting by your camp fire and watching the world go by! If you do want to explore the Mendip Hills, Somerset Levels or the Somerset coastline then Mendip Camp is a great location to base yourself whilst exploring - be it on foot, underground, on a cliff, on the water, on a bike . . . . . . you get the picture!
Walking and Hiking
You can tackle a whole variety of routes from neighbouring Rowberrow woodland walks to open moorland of Blackdown and the cliffs of Cheddar Gorge all from the campsite. Mandip AONB walking routes and Cheddar Walking both offer recommended routes for all levels. A little further afield are the Somerset levels and Somerset coastline. There really is a great deal of varying terrain and environments on offer to suit all abilities and tastes.
The Mendip Hills has some excellent routes for x-country and downhill. The areas around Blackdown, Rowberrow and Cheddar provide ample opportunities in an ever changing environment to suit every type of rider from novice to pro. There are lots of good routes straight from the campsite but if you want to combine your visit with other options the Quantocks and Exmoor are an hour’s drive away.
Cheddar Gorge South has the highest inland limestone cliffs in the UK with lots of classic trad and sport routes of varying grades. There are also other crags in the surrounding areas, again providing multi pitch, single pitch, sport and trad – Cheddar Gorge North, Perch Quarry, Split Rock Quarry and many more. As a climber you are spoilt for choice but please check the BMC access guidelines before heading out.
The limestone hills of the Mendips provide some of the best caving in the country. There is a very active caving scene who are constantly exploring and making new discoveries. For those of you who don’t like getting down and dirty there is always the option of exploring some of the larger caves and caverns of Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole.
Since the cycling success of the 2012 Olympics we have seen a huge increase in the amount of cyclists using the Mendips, probably for the quiet roads, stunning scenery and variety of gradients in the area – New Road, Draycott (AKA Draycott Steep), Dearleap (Priddy) and Cheddar Gorge itself all provide vertical challenges for the budding King of the Mountains.