Walk in the Mendip Hills: Enjoy striking views from Bleadon Hill

Sun shining on spectacular views from Bleadon Hill of Mendip Hills and Somerset Levels

The Mendip Hills offer some of the best walks with views in Somerset. Located in the West Mendips, the Bleadon Hill & Loxton walk takes you along country lanes, rocky paths and rural roads, and boasts breathtaking scenery of the Somerset countryside, the Mendip Hills, in particular Crook Peak, and the Bristol Channel.

I enjoyed the Bleadon Hill & Loxton walk on a crisp autumn afternoon, with the sun shining through the bare tree branches and highlighting the striking autumnal colours. The only downsides to this stroll are the long stretch of walk on a country road and the background noise of the M5 motorway. This circular walk is accessible, and includes several ascents but no stiles or field crossings.

Location: Bleadon Hill, Mendip Hills, Somerset

Hike difficulty: Easy

Time: 2 hours

Distance: 4 miles (6.5 km)

Enjoy striking scenery

The Bleadon Hill & Loxton walk starts at the top of Bleadon Hill, near the end of the Roman Road. The first stretch of the stroll takes you along the West Mendip Way, on a country lane hugged by vibrant green fields. The delightful path enjoys splendid views of the town of Weston, the Somerset hills and the Bristol Channel.

From the country lane, you make your way to a pebble road running down Bleadon hill. This path boasts striking scenery of the south side of the hill, across the valley to the Mendip Hills and Crook Peak, a summit in the Mendips worth a climb.

Views of Crook Peak from Bleadon Hill path
Stunning view of Crook Peak from Bleadon Hill

When I discovered the Bleadon & Loxton walk, a late autumn sun was shining across clear blue skies and verdant scenery, but unfortunately smog concealed the far-reaching views. A vicious wind was also blowing at the top of the hill, but the stroll was still rewarding.

Wander through woodland

The lovely pebble road continues downhill and crosses a small wood. With the sun streaking through the bare tree branches, warming the beautiful autumn leaves scattered on the forest floor and stroking the vibrant green moss covering the stone wall, the enchanting woodland is a marvel to wander through.

colourful autumn woods on Bleadon Hill
Enchanting woodland on Bleadon Hill

The walk then carries you to the bottom of the hill onto a country road. From the valley, you can once again admire the conical shape of Crook Peak, as well as frown upon the ugly and noisy M5 motorway. This stretch of the walk is sadly quite long, especially since you need to walk on the road and be alert to oncoming cars.

Visit a quaint village

And finally you arrive at the lovely village of Loxton. The quaint village offers charming country cottages, fine houses as well as a delightful old street lamp dating from Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. The village is a perfect resting point, before hiking back up Bleadon Hill.

Loxton picturesque village, a stop on the Bleadon Hill & Loxton walk
Lovely house in Loxton village

Leaving Loxton behind, the stroll then takes you back along the West Mendip Way and up a steep path between verdant fields. At the top of the hill, the Somerset Levels and Mendip Hills once again stretch out beneath your feet. You then walk along the hill cusp, back to the first country lane and the car park.

To view the walk itinerary, please visit Mendip Hills AONB (pdf file).

Explore more walks in the Mendips

The spectacular Cheddar Gorge walk

Located in the Mendip Hills, 20 minutes away from Bleadon Hill, the limestone cliffs of Cheddar Gorge are a spectacular sight. Cheddar Gorge is the largest gorge in England and offers a fantastic walk with arresting views of the Somerset countryside. Check out the Cheddar Gorge walk guide by A Dragon’s Escape.

Spectacular views from Cheddar Gorge
Spectacular views from Cheddar Gorge

The breathtaking Crook Peak walk

The Crook Peak walk offers glorious 360° views of the Mendip Hills, Somerset Levels, North Devon and South Wales. From verdant fields to lush woods, grassy ridges and rocky peaks, discover stunning scenery with the Crook Peak walk guide.

Bleadon Hill & Loxton walk details

Location: Bleadon Hill, Mendip Hills, Somerset

Difficulty: Easy

Time: Approximately 2 hours with regular stops

Distance: 4 miles (6.5 km)

Ascent: Somewhat steep

Itinerary: Mendip Hills AONB (pdf file)

Trail condition: Good, but the trail can get a little muddy in wet weather.

Accessibility: Not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs. Suitable for bikes.

Parking: Roman road car park (Postcode: BS24 0AD; Grid ref: ST358578).

Facilities: No public toilets. Nearest toilets, shops and pubs are in Bleadon or Hutton town centres.

Notes: Please beware of oncoming vehicles when walking on roads.

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Reference: Mendip Hills AONB (pdf file)

Featured image: Spectacular sunny views from Bleadon Hill

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