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Walks via the First Bus 126

Somerset Bus Partnership are delighted the 126 bus has been reinstated from Wells to Weston-Super-Mare. 


We have put together a selection of walks across 126 route accessiblie by bus.

 

We would like to expand this section so if you have a walk that can be accessed by bus we would very much like to add it to our page, please  contact us

Sandford to Cheddar along The Straweberry Line
 

The Strawberry Line takes its name from the delicious cargo this former railway line carried from the strawberry fields of Cheddar.

The line was well used for nearly a century until its closure in 1965 and since then a wealth of wildlife habitats have been allowed to flourish.
 

Volunteers from the Cheddar Valley Railway Walk Society began converting the line into a walking and cycling route in 1983.

 

If you catch the First Bus 126 to Sandford you can walk along the Strawberry Line to Cheddar a 5.4 mile route and pick up the 126 in Cheddar. 

At Sandford to access The Strawberry Line you have a short walk to Hapil Close near the old Railway Station at Sandford where you can start your walk from. The path passes through wooded valleys, thourgh tunnels under the the Mendip hills and into historic Axbridge. At Cheddar we think that the Strawberry Line will finish near Travis Perkins, Valley Line Industrial Park, Cheddar BS27 3EE. The nearest bus stop is The Kings of Wessex on Station Road or Union Street or Church Street (for the 126). For location inforamtion: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Travis+Perkins/@51.2753741,-2.7831298,17z/data=!4m6!3m5!1s0x48721dd3a5171135:0x94c0514ada6c5c48!8m2!3d51.2754211!4d-2.78512!16s%2Fg%2F1tdqgy5r?entry=ttu

By Bus:

First West:  First Bus 126 (Monday to Saturday). Timetable: https://www.firstbus.co.uk/sites/default/files/public/maps/126%20map%20and%20timetable.pdf

Nearest bus stop: Mead Lane (Sandford)

Circular Walk around Winscombe
 

Circular walk around Winscombe: https://northsomersetlife.co.uk/sites/default/files/2020-03/See%20the%20sights%20around%20the%20Strawberry%20Line%20%28April%202013%29.pdf

By Bus:

First West:  First Bus 126 (Monday to Saturday). Timetable: Bus times to Winscombe are best accessible via Bus Times 126 timetable selection all stops: https://bustimes.org/services/126-weston-super-mare-cheddar-wells

Nearest bus stop Browns Corner (Winscombe)

 

Cheddar Gorge Trail

 

Cheddar Gorge is England’s largest gorge. Explore one of the country's most spectacular sights along this trail, where you'll discover weathered crags and pinnacles, alongside a wide variety of plants and wildlife that call this landscape home. A moderate 4-mile walk along paths with some steep climbs. For further details, please see Terrain section.https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/somerset/cheddar-gorge/cheddar-gorge-trail


By Bus:

Somerset Council 48 (Tuesday & Friday only) https://bustimes.org/services/48-burnham-on-sea-cheddar
First West:  First Bus 126 (Monday to Saturday). Timetable: https://www.firstbus.co.uk/sites/default/files/public/maps/126%20map%20and%20timetable.pdf
Libra Travel 668 (Monday - Friday) https://www.libratravel.co.uk/

Nearest bus stop: Tweentown (Cheddar)

Mascall's Wood, Cheddar

Mascall's Wood comprises of an area of broadleaved ancient woodland on very steep slopes with a great diversity of woodland flora and lower slopes. For more information: https://www.somersetwildlife.org/nature-reserves/mascalls-wood

Location: 

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Mascall's+Wood/@51.277629,-2.7732708,16z/data=!4m6!3m5!1s0x48721e6463e22a47:0xd287ae375bcb8fd3!8m2!3d51.2798047!4d-2.7614551!16s%2Fg%2F1tf6lnp3

Footpath map: https://footpathmap.co.uk/map/?zoom=15.8&lng=-2.77294&lat=51.27884
 

BY BUS

Somerset Council 48 (Tuesday & Friday only) https://bustimes.org/services/48-burnham-on-sea-cheddar
First West:  First Bus 126 (Monday to Saturday). Timetable: https://www.firstbus.co.uk/sites/default/files/public/maps/126%20map%20and%20timetable.pdf
Libra Travel 668 (Monday - Friday) https://www.libratravel.co.uk/

Nearest bus stop: Tweentown (Cheddar)

 

Cheddar Reservoir

 

Get to know this 7.6-km circular trail near Cheddar, Somerset. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 1 h 33 min to complete. This is a popular trail for birding, fishing, and hiking, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of day. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime.

An easy-going route which is suitable to most abilities, so a wonderful opportunity to get outdoors. The reserve is beautiful with a flat trail around it. It is worth noting that you can always park on the site of the reserve for free, which cuts out some of the road part and Cheddar itself, but may be worth doing as the highlight is certainly the reserve. Enjoy reconnecting with nature!

About 1 h 33 min

 

 

BY BUS

First Bus West of England Timetable: https://www.firstbus.co.uk/sites/default/files/public/maps/126%20map%20and%20timetable.pdf

Libra Travel 668 (Monday - Friday) https://www.libratravel.co.uk/

 

Start of walk: Nearest bus stop: Parkfield (Axbridge) or Tweentown (Cheddar)

Other places to visit on the 126 route

- Draycott for the strawberry farms and The Cider Barn

- Cheddar Gorge and caves

- Axbridge for medieval square and Cheddar Reservior

- Sandford for Thatchers Cider

- Weston-Super-Mare for the beach

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