The Mendip Hills and beyond
If you are after excitiment there are plenty of great downhill off road bike tracks around Mendip and even skiing.
If you want to relax then it does not come much better than a rooftop spa in the world heritage city of Bath. 


Going it Alone

One of the great advantages of staying at the Byre is the abundance of great walking and cycling in the area. Walkers can head up to the wild open space Blackdown, into the forest at Stockton, the mellow woodlands tucked into the valleys at Velvet Bottom, or the huge hillfort at Dolbury Warren.

Mountain bikers can ride wide forestry tracks or hair-raising downhill single tracks in the woodland near Rowberrow or tourers can ride the car-free Strawberry Line from Yatton to Wells or the maze of lanes on the Somerset levels around Wedmore and Glastonbury. 

Local Activities

Blagdon Village Website - What's happening 

Bristol Flying Club - Sightseeing and trial lessons

Cheddar Gorge  - Cave, gorge and cliff tours

Cheddar Cycle Hire - Mountain and tourer hire

Wookey Hole Caves  - Cave and Attraction tours

Royal Bath and West Show - Rural events and shows

Mendip Snow and Outdoor Pursuits - Many activities

Mendip Gliding Club - See the gorge from above

Mendip Clay and Target Shooting - The wild west

Mendip Ramblers - Exlpore mendips secrets

Mendip Raceway - Stock and banger racing


Local Producers

Food and Drink

The name Chedddar Cheese is known across the world. It is still produced in the small village of Cheddar tucked at the end of a spectaular gorge. The limestone caves in the gorge stay at a constant temperature throughout the year, ideal for making perfect cheese. 

Orchards are making a comeback in the area, fuelled by a revival in interest in cider and pear cider 'perry'.  You can take a tour and visit the brewery at cider makers Thatchers follwed by a meal at their own pub.


Adrian Boots Forraging - Gather and Cook in the wild

Aldwick Court Farm - Award winning UK Vineyard

The Cheddar Cheese Company - Where it all started

Salt and Malt Chew Valley Lake - Lakeside Fish and Chips

Yeo Valley Garden and Cafe - Fine flowers and food

Yeo Valley Kitchen and Events - Learn and eat

Wilkins Cider Tasting - Somerset's traditional drink

Thatchers Cider -  Shop and Pub

In The Village

Fanny's Cafe - Great Coffee and Breakfasts
The Seymour Arms - Michelin listed fine pub food
The Queen Adelaide -  Local beer and pub food
The New Inn - Wonderful lake view
The Plume of Feathers - In the next village but a lovley walk

From the Byre you can walk to the three village pubs. They all serve great food from traditional pub grub to gastro. The tiny cafe Fanny's serves breakfasts, sandwiches, tea, coffee and cakes and the village shop is open 8 till 8 seven days a week.

History and Heritage

8000 of Settlement

If you like to discover your history for yourself then the Mendips are packed evidence of over 8000 years of human settlement. Just 3 miles away Charterhose was once a large Roman mining town, surrounded by many examples of bronze age burrial mounds such as Priddy Nine Barrows.

In WW2 at Blackdown a replica layout of the streets of inner Bristol was set out to fool German bombers as part of Operation Starfish. You can still find the mounds, tumps and bunkers on your walks.

For venues to visit you are spoilt for choice with the cities Bath, Wells, Bristol within easy reach. Day trips will bring the prehistoric sites of Avebury and Stonehenge in reach, a local gem is Stanton Drew stone circles. Country houses and castles well worth a vistit include Longleat House, Montacute House, Berkely Castle and Chepstow Castle.

Wells Cathederal - Medaeval wonder in Britain's smallest city

Wells Tourist Information -

Bath Roman Baths - World heritage site

Stonehenge - World heritage site

Clevedon Court - Tudor National Trust house and gardens

SS Great Britain - The ship that changed the world

Longleat House and Safari Park - Lions, house and worlds largest hedge maze

Montacute House - Home of many Wolf Hall scenes

Berekley Castle - 12th Century castle where king Edward 2nd met his end

Chepstow Castle - A spectacular castle started in 1069