The Mendip Gate

Local Activities

The Area

Somerset’s delightfully laidback atmosphere will instantly endear you.
It is a county of contrasts, with legends to investigate and beautiful beaches to explore. This Somerset Holiday Cottage and Guest House in Churchill is in a perfect location for walking, hiking, rock climbing, caving, horse riding, sailing and so much more.

Exmoor and The Blackdown and Quantock Hills, with their quaint villages and picturesque harbours are just a short jaunt away from this Somerset Holiday Cottage. The area is perfect for cycling on an abundance of country lanes and has links to the Sustrans National Cycling Network.

An ideal venue for groups and reunions, a family celebration, girls weekend away, or a sight seeing holiday in the West country. If you are planning a family get-together or celebration, or a number of families would like to holiday together, The Mendip Gate is able to provide self-catering accommodation for up to 16. Catered weekends are a popular option for groups of 10-12 and walking packages with transfers to the trail heads including breakfast, packed lunch and dinner areavailable for 2-12 persons.

Explore the historic SS Great Britain or John Cabot’s Matthew in Bristol Harbour. With a huge choice of shops, restaurants, art galleries, museums, theatres, and many attractions including Bristol Zoo, @Bristol Exploratory and Wildscreen, you will have to come back! The journey takes approx. 20 minutes from The Mendip Gate Guest House.

Bristol also enjoys The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, just north, next to jct.17 of the M5. The Mall is a stunning shopping centre with 130 top name stores, 15 cafes and restaurants sandwiched between the largest Marks and Spencer in the South West and John Lewis, stocking half a million different lines. It boasts 7000 free parking spaces and a bus stop right outside John Lewis. 0117 9030303

Cabot Circus has arrived! A must for serious shoppers. Cinema Deluxe and many restaurants including


Churchill hosts Somerset’s Dry Ski Slope, approx. 2 miles from The Mendip Gate b and b, 7 miles from Bristol airport. Set in a scenic woodland setting on the edge of the glorious Mendip Hills, the Avon Ski Centre is reminiscent of a genuine alpine resort, where you can escape the bustle of city life. It provides the perfect environment in which to learn to ski.

Experienced skiers and snowboarders will find that the challenging 165 metre main dry slope, complete with bends, moguls and jumps, holds just as much excitement when brushing up old skills or perfecting technique or simply having fun. The Avon Ski Centre also provides one of the country’s best floodlit skiing facilities. An experience not to be missed.


Cheddar Caves and Gorge are approx. 4 miles providing shopping and leisure activities for all ages. Cheddar is Britain’s biggest Gorge and the gateway to The Mendip Hills, a natural wilderness in the heart of Somerset. Explore the two beautiful Stalagmite Showcaves and the Crystal Quest dark-wall fantasy adventure. This is also home to Britain’s oldest skeleton. A vigorous walk will take you up Jacob’s ladder and the Lookout Tower before a splendid round-trip clifftop walk with picnic sites.


ACF HOSPITALITY AND EVENTS – Aldwick, Redhill, approx. 3 miles from The Mendip Gate Guest House.

We are pleased to be able to offer ACF hospitality clients a discount for a 2 night stay at The Mendip Gate. We are fortunate to have two good food pubs within 100 yards, so why not arrive in time for dinner, then enjoy a good night’s rest in one of our individually designed ensuite rooms? ACF is just a short drive away so enjoy an hearty English breakfast prior to your challenging day. Experiences can be shared at the Camra award winning real ale pub ‘The Crown Inn’ just a short stroll away.

ACF Hospitality Bristol is one of the UK’s Leading event companies with over 20 years of experience running thousands of fantastic corporate events.

Their beautiful 300 acre estate has purpose built quad bike safari courses, massive tank and military driving courses, mini car racing track, Honda pilot circuit, professional clay shooting stands, permanent team challenges, shelters, a large function room, military vehicle viewing room, excellent catering staff, lodges, licensed bar and fantastic views. All of their events are fully coordinated and supervised with shelters, coveralls, sites, safety zones, all safety equipment and £5million public liability insurance.


The Ancient City of Wells

The city takes it’s name from the freshwater springs in the grounds
of the fabulous Bishop’s Palace near the East end of the Cathedral. Wells in Somerset is an unspoilt market town of outstanding beauty, located in rolling countryside, at the foot of the Mendip Hills. Visited for the beauty of its setting, and for its extraordinary heritage of historic buildings, water features, gardens and open spaces. Wells has a largely unspoiled medieval urban landscape, and is a precious treasure to be cherished and cared for by visitors and residents alike

Steeped in history, it is England’s smallest city, and one of the most beautiful. Although much of the glory of Wells lies in the past, it is very much a city of the present day, a busy market town, and an educational and commercial centre.
Wells Cathedral is the first English-built and designed example in the Gothic style, dating back to 1180. Its famous features include the spectacular West Front which looks over the Cathedral Green, unique scissor arches in the Nave, a panorama of The Last Judgement, the Chapter House and the 600-year-old Astronomical Clock.


Wookey Hole Caves are approx. 10 miles.
Home of the legendary Witch of Wookey
A 40 minute guided tour of the caves is followed by a visit to the last commercial handmade papermill in England.


Trout Fishing is available at Blagdon and Chew Valley Lakes


Golf at The Mendip Spring Golf Club, Honeyhall Lane, Congresbury, Somerset

BS49 5JT Tel: 01934 852322 Fax: 01934 853021
Sec/Manager: Mr. A. Melhuish
Professionals: Robert Moss and John Blackburn
Directions: From the A38 in Churchill, follow to B3133 (Lower Langford) and after 1 mile turn left into Brinsea Batch. After ½ mile turn right into Honeyhall Lane and the entrance is on the right hand side.
Visitors: Welcome: Contact club in advance.
Societies: Welcome: Contact club in advance.
Facilities: Putting Green, Chipping Green, Club Hire, Trolley Hire, Buggy Hire, Bar, Restaurant, Driving Range


Hill walking over The Mendips – various trails available. Maps with points of interest available on request. A very nice walk from The Mendip Gate ending up at the Camra award winning Crown Inn recommended.

Dolebury Hillfort grid ref:450590
Iron age hillfort of great interest for its grassland, limestone heath vegetation and ancient field systems. The limestone grassland comes alive with wildflowers and butterflies in spring and summer but this is a good place for a dramatic walk at any time of year. Access directly from The Mendip Gate at Churchill.

Black Rock Reserve grid ref: 474545
Coppiced woodland reserve including old quarry. Links to Velvet Bottom Reserve. On West Mendip Way.

Cheddar Gorge grid ref: 467539
Dramatic limestone gorge with TIC, shops, pubs, tearooms, toilets etc situated at the bottom. Public footpath around the top of the Gorge that can be joined at Black Rock at top of Gorge, Lion Rock or Lippiat Lane.

Kings Wood grid ref: 422561
Ancient woodland with ground flora. Access to Wavering Down and Crooks Peak. On route of West Mendip Way, adjacent to Strawberry Line.

Crook Peak grid ref: 392550
Distinctive peak, (628ft). Not a notable ancient site, though it does have some ancient burial tumuli located on it. Open grassland site with areas of gorse and scrub. West Mendip Way passes over the peak. Spectacular views towards Exmoor. Car park with picnic tables on Webbington Road.
This is one of the longest walks in Somerset, 100 miles (160km) from Bristol to Lynton. A wonderful way marked walk linking the Cotswolds, the Mendips, the Polden Hills, the Quantocks, the Brendons, Exmoor National Park and the North Devon Coast.

It starts at Clifton Suspension Bridge on the spectacular Avon Gorge and continues across the Chew Valley with its peaceful lakes, over the Mendip Hills to Cheddar Gorge, along the Somerset Levels to historic Glastonbury and on to the Quantock Hills with a scenic ridge walk passing through the villages around the Brendon Hills. The route then crosses Exmoor to Doone Valley and Badgworthy Water, follows the East Lyn River and climbs Myrtleberry Cleaves to Lynton.

************************************************************** Self-guided walking holidays on the glorious Mendip Hills.


Balloon Flights are available from First Flight balloons, approx. 400 yds from The Mendip Gate. Sites locally include, Bristol, Bath, Cheddar, Wells, Churchill and Glastonbury. For bookings please see –


Longleat Safari Park – approx. 40mins.


Clarks Village Outlet Centre – approx. 40 mins