Cheddar Gorge viewed from above in Cheddar, Somerset, England

Discover the heights of the famous Cheddar Gorge. This walking break taking in the Gorges’ spectacular limestone cliffs, views over Glastonbury Tor, the Mendip Hills along with a seaside stay is a perfect way to spend a couple of days discovering this beautiful area of Somerset by foot.

Grade - Easy to Medium

Panorama of cheddar gorge cliffs.

Why Go?

  • New for this Summer
  • Experience the spectacular Cheddar Gorge scenery
  • Sea front hotel
  • Discover historic Weston Super-Mare
  • Solos Tour Leader throughout the weekend
  • Qualified and Experienced Blue Badge walking guide

Itinerary

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Day 1 Weston Super-Mare

Check-in to hotel, meet our tour leader, fellow Solos guests for the welcome drink and enjoy our first evening meal.

  • Accommodation The New Ocean Hotel **+
  • MEALS Dinner included

After breakfast we take our private bus to Cheddar Village to meet our Blue Badge walking guide for a two hour circular walk of this beautiful historic village, internationally famous for its cheese making. We take in the Medieval Church of St Andrew and the Market Cross along with the site of the Anglo Saxon palace. While we walk around this lovely village, our informative guide will tell us the history of Cheddar and the discovery of the caves and its development into one of the UK’s top tourist destinations. Whilst in the village we will stop for lunch (at own cost) in one of the pubs or cafes before our main walk of the day.

After lunch, fully fuelled, we commence the main Gorge walk where we will experience the Cheddar Gorge in all its spectacular glory.  Our route of varied terrain takes us up over 100m to the top of the gorge where we walk along open and grassy paths with stunning views over the gorge with its crags and rocks formed millions of years ago. From here we will also be treated to fabulous views over Glastonbury Tor and the Mendip Hills enjoying the natural habitat, home to goats, soay sheep, deer and falcons. We then descend a long flight of steps enjoying further views back down to Cheddar village for a well- earned rest and refreshment (at own cost) before heading back to our hotel for the evening.

Total walking time 5 hours

Distance 5.5 miles approx

Ascent – 125m

Cheddar Village – Easy

Cheddar Gorge Route – Medium

  • Accommodation The New Ocean Hotel **+
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

This morning we meet our guide at our hotel and embark on our final morning walk of the weekend, taking in the sights, history and points of interest of Weston Super-Mare. The walk includes the Promenade, the Grand Pier and the 19th century buildings erected by the Victorians making Weston one of the most popular and iconic holiday destinations during this era. More recently Banksy’s exhibition Dismaland has made Weston one of the most exciting towns for street art. Our walk will cover a number of street artists including the heavily Banksy influenced JPS, where you may have seen his art in recent Hyundai TV commercials. 

Total walking time – 2.5 hours

Distance 2 miles approx

Easy

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Extra Value

Free bar available from 6pm to 10pm each evening at our hotel.

The New Ocean Hotel **+

This lovely family-run hotel, fast becoming a Solos favourite, is perfectly situated opposite Weston’s famous Marine Lake and offers panoramic views over Weston Bay and beyond making this a perfect base for our North Somerset walking break . It’s unrivalled position along the promenade is only a few minutes stroll to the town centre and a short taxi ride away form Weston Super-Mare railway station.

Facilities Include

Enjoy the many facilities on offer including a large dance floor and a nightly entertainment programme in the bar/lounge area with a fully stocked bar. Wifi is available in the bar/lounge area and is provided free of charge

Rooms Include

All single rooms are equipped with full en-suite facilities, direct dial telephones, flat screen digital television, hairdryer, many rooms have level access from the lift.

Room upgrades available (Subject to availability - call to book)

Larger Superior Single - £30 per stay

Double/Twin for Sole Use with sea view - £120 per stay

Double/Twin for Sole Use standard view - £100

What’s included:

  • Single room with private facilities
  • Half Board: Breakfast daily and 2 x  Three course evening dinners
  • FREE bar 6pm – 10 pm each evening and lively entertainment
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • 1 x Full Day guided walking tour of Cheddar Village and Cheddar Gorge including return transfers (approx. 30 minutes dependant on weather and road conditions)
  • 1 x Half Day guided walking tour of Weston Super-Mare

What's Extra:

  • Insurance - see here
  • Meals and drinks not included in the itinerary will be at own cost 

Useful Information

Location
Weston Super-Mare ( North Somerset) is located off Junction 21 of the M5. Take the A370 into Weston Super-Mare

Our hotel is situated opposite Weston’s famous Marine Lake, a few minutes stroll to the town centre where we can enjoy the numerous shops, theatres and attractions. Weston–Super–Mare Railway Station is approximately a 10 minute taxi journey away. There are approximately 20 car parking spaces and these are allocated on a first come first served basis. There is also additional parking on the road and a long stay car park situated 250m away which is £3 per 24 hours.

Check in from 2.00pm
Check out by 10.00am

Walking programme
Two guided walks are included in the programme.

Day 1 – Full Day walking programme graded as follows
Easy - Cheddar Village
Medium – Cheddar Gorge
Ascent 125m
Distance 5.5 miles approx
Total Walking Time 5 hours approx.
A coach/mini-bus will be used to transfer you to the starting point of the walk and return back to the hotel

Day 2 – Half Day walking programme is graded as follows
Weston Super-Mare
Total Walking Time 2 – 2.5 hours approx. Walk commences from hotel
Distance 2 miles approx

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in your chosen activity holiday. If you are unsure as to whether the walks are within your capabilities, please contact the office to discuss this matter, thus making sure you appreciate the terrain that you will be walking.

You could be walking across uneven ground in some areas and extreme care must be taken, especially if wet. If used to using a pole/stick, it is advisable to bring it. Please appreciate the route and content of the holiday may change at the time and at the discretion of the guide/organiser, should conditions require. Solo’s Holidays Ltd cannot be held responsible for personal injury, accident or damage to property whilst on these walks other than incidents arising out of the company’s negligence. The guide has the right to refuse to guide a walk with anyone not properly attired.

What to Wear
It is of paramount importance that you have the correct footwear. It is essential to wear walking boots that are comfortable and preferably lightweight, with some ankle support and a good grip. If you already have a pair of boots that you are happy walking in (including during hot/wet weather and on hard ground), then bring these along. However, if you are bringing new footwear, do make sure they are well broken in before you arrive. Experience has shown that wearing 2 pairs of woollen socks adds to comfort.

Whilst we would hope for good weather during your holiday, it is of course impossible to guarantee this. We would therefore recommend you travel with clothing suitable for all conditions, and suggest you use the following checklist as a guideline of what to take:

  • Walking boots with good ankle support
  • Waterproofs – jacket and trousers
  • Walking poles – recommended as they provide good support for the knees, particularly on downhill sections of walks and when conditions are wet/slippery
  • Lightweight trousers and shorts with pockets
  • Shirts or t-shirts for walking in
  • Walking socks – several pairs
  • Lightweight fleece or jumper
  • Hat & gloves
  • Daysack/rucksack for walking
  • Umbrella – it can be used also for protection from the sun as well as rain
  • Lightweight drinking bottle to carry water whilst walking
  • Small first aid kit – plasters, insect repellant, etc
  • Good, high factor sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses

Gratuities
There is often confusion on the question of gratuities, since it frequently depends on the type of holiday, location and, of course, your attitude towards tipping, as to what is normally expected. In order to give you a rough idea, we have given appropriate guidance below. The Tour Leader will be on hand to offer advice or suggestions if required but gratuities are offered entirely at the sole discretion of the individual. We suggest a group collection at the beginning of your holiday to cover drivers, guides and hotel staff (including restaurant, kitchen and reception staff) of approximately £5. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of bar staff and housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (the rounding up of the drinks bill and a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, restaurants expect a 10% gratuity (do check that service has not already been added to your bill). For taxis 10% of the metered fare.

Dress Code
The dress code for during the evening is casual.

FREE bar 6pm – 10 pm each evening
Below is a list of the current drinks currently included in the hotel promotion (subject to change)
Carlsberg (Draft) ,Boddingtons (Draft), Thatchers Gold Cider (Draft), Murphys Irish Stout (Draft) Bass (Draft), Medium White Wine (Pump), Red Wine (Pump), Cola (Pump), Diet Cola (Pump), Tonic Water (Pump), Lemonade (pump)
Orange Juice (Pump), Lime Cordial (Pump), Slimline Tonic (Bottle), Canada Dry (Bottle), Bitter Lemon (Bottle), Grapefruit Juice (Bottle), Pineapple Juice (Bottle), Tomato Juice (Bottle), Vodka, Whiskey, Gin, Brandy, White Rum, Dark Run
Sherry, Sweet Martini, Dry Martini, Cinzano, Port

Other Drinks are available, but these must be purchased as usual. Whilst the hotel endeavours to ensure that all drinks are available, occasionally the hotel may run out of stock and therefore be unable to replace that item.

The free bar is offered from 6pm-10pm each night, the only restriction are as follows;

The hotel requests that guests order and drink one drink at a time
Drinks over dinner will be available from the bar. (no table service available)
Empty glasses should be returned to the bar and exchanged for a new drink
No double spirit measures
No neat spirits

Guest will be issued a voucher that must be shown to the bar staff

Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From regional flights available COMMENTS  
08 May 2020 10 May 2020 2 All Ages £309 Easy to Medium BOOK
Easy to Medium
25 Sep 2020 27 Sep 2020 2 All Ages £309 Easy to Medium BOOK
Easy to Medium

What’s included:

  • Single room with private facilities
  • Half Board: Breakfast daily and 2 x  Three course evening dinners
  • FREE bar 6pm – 10 pm each evening and lively entertainment
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • 1 x Full Day guided walking tour of Cheddar Village and Cheddar Gorge including return transfers (approx. 30 minutes dependant on weather and road conditions)
  • 1 x Half Day guided walking tour of Weston Super-Mare

What's Extra:

  • Insurance - see here
  • Meals and drinks not included in the itinerary will be at own cost 

All Our Holidays Include

ATOL protected

Sociable experience with like-minded travellers

Breakfast daily, plus meal plan

Flights and transfers for overseas holidays

Welcome drink and meeting

Accompanying Tour Leader

Regional flying options

Freedom and flexibility to enjoy new experiences

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