Burrington Combe - Black Down - Rowberrow - Dolebury

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From Burrington Combe, a steep climb up the side of the combe then a walk over grassy moorland to Ellick, before climbing to the top of Black Down - the highest point of the Mendips. Through the heather and down Rowberrow Bottom, then a diversion for lunch before rejoining the stream and climbing through the hill-fort of Dolebury.

England - South West England - Somerset - Mendip Hills


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, Public Transport, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
11/7/2016 - Chris Hutchins

Did this walk today. Really enjoyed it. Everyone's fitness is different but for us 'The start of the walk is quite steep' translated to: 'A vertical scramble, at times on all fours'. I was concerned that the 'easy walking throughout' might be similarly understated. Despite steepish climbs to Beacon Batch trig point and Dolebury Fort, that were definitely worth the view, it was quite easy walking. Anyone who wants to plot the route in advance, in more detail than the waymarks should be aware that the route described often uses tracks that, while they are public, are not Public Rights of Way seen on the OS sheet. On the ground these paths are usually easier and more obvious than those marked as Bridle Paths on the map.

8/23/2016 - Rosalind Wilson

2nd April. It does say sleep path at the start. It is a rocky climb and very steep. Luckily it was dry. Wet may have changed our minds. A great day out with lunch at Rowberrow.

2/13/2011 - Walkingworld Administrator

Roy Davenport reports that he has done this walk and everything is OK February 2011. Many thanks for this Roy. Adrian (Admin)

4/14/2009 - Walkingworld Administrator

Note from John Thorn. The 'grassy area' F Willis refers to is a covered reservoir and the water collected from there by Bristol Water Works is sent down the valley to Churchill.

4/12/2009 - F Wills

Ignore the instruction "a fenced reservoir" it is a fenced grassy area, with no water at all, that appears to be a small weather station.

4/14/2006 - Sam Waters

This is a great walk with some sections of the path difficult to find, but there are plenty of great view points to be found here. Although a long walk it is not to taxing physically for the reasonably fit and mobile. Good cafe at the starting point for that after walk coffee!

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