Situated in the heart of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Velvet Bottom Nature Reserve offers acres of green space, banks, rocks and woodland to explore. From Roman times this was an area of lead mining, but the workings were finally abandoned by the Victorians. A wide stony path leads directly from the roadside and slopes down into the reserve eventually changing to a wide grass path. If you are quiet you may see rabbits down in the valleys. About 15 minutes from the start the path narrows between rocks and there are several short drops to negotiate until you reach the lovely flat green bottom - in summer it truly is like velvet! Here there are good rocky places to climb or to play hide and seek.
The path is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs until it narrows about halfway down. Cycling is not permitted in the reserve. An information board is provided by Somerset Wildlife Trust who manage the site.
Parking is limited to a small number of pull-ins at the side of the road or alternatively a little further on at the Charterhouse Centre. The nearest pub is the Castle of Comfort 4 miles away on the B3134.
From the A39 Wells road, take the B3135 and turn right onto the B3134 towards Burrington. About 3 miles on from the Castle of Comfort pub turn left onto the B3371 signposted Cheddar. About 1 mile on turn right towards Charterhouse and a little further on Velvet Bottom is on the left. Park in one of the pull-ins at the roadside or continue on to park at the Charterhouse Centre and walk back.