Walking the Mendip Way – Day 6: Wells to Shepton Mallet

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).

Wells to Shepton Mallet (6 miles

Leaving Wells, we passed by the beautiful Bishops Palace Gardens and moat and a stone sign pointing the way to Glastonbury Tor.

A stone sign points the way to Glastonbury Tor (8 miles away).

We were about to discover that, on the whole, the East Mendip Way is tougher than the West Mendip Way. The trail is not as clearly marked, and goes through a lot of farmland that feels altogether less welcoming than the great majority of the path we’d already walked.

We walked alongside this showjumping course for a while on our way into Shepton Mallet

Horse jumping track outside Shepton Mallet.

Quiet residential streets led us into the centre of town.

After seeing the huge Tesco and ALDI box stores just outside the town centre, it was easier to understand why on this particular evening, Shepton Mallet’s high street felt a little neglected. That said, it is objectively really well laid-out with a large portion of it leading off of the centre square designated as pedestrian only.

We had a delicious pasta dinner at Tavola D’Oro, right near the central square.

Shepton Mallet central square.

Next: We walked to Frome.

Read more about walking the Mendip Way

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