Bleadon - Shiplate - Bleadon Hill - Hellenge Hill - Bleadon

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Bleadon - Shiplate - Bleadon Hill - Hellenge Hill - Bleadon

Bleadon is an historic village located off the A370, south of Western-Super-Mare. The walk starts from this pretty village and takes in some stunning views across to Brent Knoll and Crookes Peak before ascending a long, steady climb to reach the top of Bleadon Hill. From here you can look north towards Weston-Super-Mare, having passed through orchards and wooded areas, with rivers in valleys beyond. There is a free car park next to the village hall with clean, well-kept toilet facilities and a pub which sells real ale, as well as a family pub on the outskirts if you need refreshments. Buses run hourly Monday to Saturday between Bleadon and Weston-Super-Mare, but please check up-to-date services before travelling.

Bleadon itself boasts a location amongst the Mendip Hills, the Severn Estuary and the River Axe and was an Iron Age settlement. Indeed, the Bleadon Man was excavated here in 1997, a man who was 5'8" tall, died 150BC aged 50 and whose DNA has been linked to local residents today. It is also believed that Roman traders came through this way. Worth noting in the village are such things as the two iron water pumps outside Well Cottage (opposite the exit to the car park), in regular use until the 1940s; and the church cross, now just outside the church grounds, but used to mark the church boundary and ward off plague in times gone by.

This and further interesting and useful information about Bleadon and its surroundings, can be found on the village website http://www.bleadon.org.uk/

England - South West England - Somerset - Mendip Hills

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Birds, Church, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, Public Transport, River, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
06/05/2018 - victoria fox

Completed 07/05/18 A lovely easy walk that is very dog friendly, lots of water troughs along the route for them to go for a cheeky swim. As it was so hot we took advantage of all 7 of them. The farmer has now stopped walkers from going theough his farm, the detour is simple just continue along the grass track and you will come to a gate and cross a ahort field rather then going through the farm yard. The walk is listed as 4.3 but we clocked at 5.7. There is a lot more road walking than we expected as the roman road is actually a tarmac road and bit a track as i had presumed.

23/08/2016 - Rosalind Wilson

10th August. Lovely walk. At 6 the path has been diverted to the left through scrub which goes gently down to a kissing gate. Cross field diagonally down to the left through a gate. Turn left through a gate and diagonally right through the next field. Keep going along field edges until a telegraph pole marks the bridge in 7.

08/01/2013 - Roy Davenport

18/12/12 - Walk checked and OK

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