Walking the Mendip Way – Day 1: Weston-super-Mare to Loxton

In September 2018, I walked the Mendip Way with my parents. This walk in Somerset, England from Weston-super-Mare (near Bristol) to Frome promises green rolling hills, fresh air, a taste of the English countryside, and lots of cows!

Read an overview of the whole walk, or read notes from each day: Weston-super-Mare to Loxton (Day 1), Loxton to Cheddar (Day 2), Rest Day in Cheddar (Day 3), Cheddar to Priddy (Day 4), Priddy to Wells via Wookey Hole (Day 5), Afternoon & Morning in Wells (Day 5 & 6), Wells to Shepton Mallet (Day 6), and Shepton Mallet to Frome (Day 7).

Weston-super-Mare to Loxton (6.25 miles)

We stayed overnight at Weston-super-Mare, had breakfast, and started on our way first thing in the morning. Depending on where you are staying, apparently you can walk to the start of the Way along the beach. Since we were staying partway down Uphill Road across the golf course, this would have meant backtracking, so we just walked along the sidewalk to get to Uphill Marina and the start of the walk.

Boats at Uphill Marina

The sun is out! This first part of the walk is very pleasant and quiet through Uphill Hill Nature Reserve.

After crossing busy Bridgwater Road, we’re back on a woodland path all the way to Bleadon. There is an opportunity as you descend into Bleadon to climb a little hill [Google Maps link] and (if the weather is on your side) have an amazing view of the countryside and Glastonbury Tor in the distance.

We picked up sandwiches-to-go at Bleadon Country Store & Post Office [Google Maps link], and carried on up a gentle grassy hill to Roman Road.

View between bushes on the side of Roman Road

Unfortunately, Roman Road is a section along the Mendip Way where you are walking on a narrow country road with next to no shoulder while cars fly past you at what feels like very high speed. Fortunately, there was a little pull-out / parking lot [Google Maps link] with a lovely view where we had lunch, and almost right after the pull-out, the Way turns off the road.

Then the path begins a spectacularly long and very gradual descent into Loxton with lovely countryside views.

We crossed the M5 to Webbington where we stayed for the night, at the foot of Crook’s Peak.

Webbington is apparently in the Parish of Compton Bishop!

Next: Walking from Webbington (Loxton) to Cheddar.

Read more about walking the Mendip Way

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