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The Cheddar Gorge

This is another great driving road situated in the West Country and is a route that incorporates the Cheddar Gorge. This road is just 10 miles south-west of Bristol and 8 miles east of Weston-Super-Mare.

Cheddar Gorge in The West Country

14 miles

Starting on the B3135 just east of Cheddar, 14 glorious miles of Somerset countryside lie between you and your destination at Ashwick.

Heading east along Cliff Road, you'll pass through Priddy before travelling along Plummer's Loan.

After you cross the Old Bristol Road, take the right fork at the next Y junction before crossing the Bristol Road then the Bath Road. Continuing along Roemead Road, you'll cross the A37 before travelling along Pound Loan to reach Ashwick.

The route can be divided into three main sections.

Section One
The first section leaving Cheddar is the most demanding. The scenery is stunning with massive cliff faces on either side of the road.

It's also full of tight, twisty sections where the route has been dictated by the geography of the gorge.

Placement of your car through the corners is vital and as there are few overtaking opportunities agility is more valuable than outright power.

As a result, total concentration is required for the first section.

Section Two
After four miles or so you'll exit the gorge and begin the second section. Rocks are replaced by trees and the tight turns loosen up, turning hairpins into long sweeping bends.

Section Three
The final section provides a few miles of long straights and gentle gradient changes making for a quick conclusion to this short route.

At times the road can get busy, so watch out for buses, tourists, farm vehicles and sheep.

But having said that, the drive is well balanced. The first half is normally busier. It has few overtaking chances, but that doesn't matter as you'll be fully occupied negotiating the gorge and staying on the road.

And as the road opens you can easily overtake any slower traffic.

The B3135 is a tasty road in more ways than one.

Halfway along the route there's Hartley's Kitchen which is one of the best places to eat in the Mendips. It serves the best breakfasts and lunches for miles around.

And at the end of your journey you can pop into the Oakhill Inn for refreshments.

If you're ever in this part of the country, it would be a shame to miss out on this amazing drive.

Do you live near Cheddar? Have you got any local knowledge which will improve our enjoyment of this route? We would welcome your feedback.

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