The Existing Connections
The Mendip area offers a variety of contrasting landscapes, offering many attractions to those keen on exploring its heritage and visiting the beautiful Towns, Villages, City and vast countryside.
There has been extensive voluntary work on 2 major connections within the District - The Strawberry Line and Frome's Missing Links.
The Strawberry Line
The Strawberry Line was a railway line originally known as The Cheddar Valley Line. It ran from Yatton railway station through to Cheddar and Wells and became known as the "Strawberry Line" because of the volume of locally grown strawberries that it carried to London markets. There are a number of groups working together to deliver a motor-free, multi-user path along the line, several sections are in place, but at present it is incomplete. The longer term aim is to open up the 5-mile stretch of former railway line as a traffic free path between Wells and Shepton Mallet, aspiring to eventually becoming part of the Sustrans National Cycle Network. The Strawberry Line East is the group working on the Wells - Shepton route and currently have a planning application in for a further connection from the existing Wells path to Dulcote Quarry (planning application (2020/1014/FUL)
The Strawberry Line could play a vital role in forming a grand circular route largely using various segments of disused railway lines across Somerset. The aptly named Somerset Circle would be an 85-mile traffic-free circuit linking Bristol, Bath, the Mendip Hills, the Somerset Levels and the coast. A completed Strawberry Line would provide over a third of this route.
Frome's Missing Links
Frome's Missing Links campaign for better and safer walking and cycling routes in Frome and better connections to neighbouring towns and villages, with the goal of developing traffic-free routes with gentle gradients suitable for all ages and abilities. Frome's Missing Links first project was extending the path from the centre of Frome out towards Great Elm. The group aims to link the Colliers Way cycle path to Radstock, completing the traffic-free route into the centre of Frome.
Mendip is working closely with The Strawberry Line East and Frome Missing Links to support in the delivery of the missing sections of these routes.
Walk and Cycle Maps in Mendip
Useful information and places to visit in Wells and including Wookey Hole, Burcott, Coxley and Dulcote.
Useful information and places to visit in Shepton Mallet and including Croscombe, Doulting, Charlton, Bowlish and Darshill
Useful information and places to visit in Glastonbury and including Butleigh, Baltonsborough, Polsham, Meare and Ashcott
Useful information and places to visit in Frome and including Marston Gate, Egford, Adderwell, Fromefield, Packsaddle and Stonebridge
Useful information on cycling around the Avalon Marshes of Somerset