Compton Bishop: church and village in the Mendip Hills, by Martin Clark, 2005
The Mendips are carboniferous limestone hills, situated a few miles south of Bristol, just north of the Somerset Levels. There have been quarries and mining here from early times, all mining has now ceased. Caving, climbing and hiking are popular outdoor activities.
The caves at Cheddar contain traces of Palaeolithic man. Lead, copper, silver were mined from the Bronze age, through Roman times up until the nineteenth century.
The tops of the Mendips consist mostly of grassland, grazed by sheep and there is a wide variety of plant and animal life for those interested in natural history.
Chew Valley Lake, Woodford Lodge, Chew Stoke, Bristol, ☎ 01275 332 339 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: 01275 331 377), . Over 260 different species of birds have been recorded, ranging from tiny reed warblers to Bewick's swans. Permits available for some reserve areas, also for fishing the lake.edit
Wessex Cave Club, Upper Pitts, Eastwater Lane, Priddy, ☎ 01749 672 310, . Local caving club, with a club cottage that can accommodate groups up to 15.edit
Priddy Folk Festival, The Green, Priddy, ☎ 01749 674 080, . 3 day folk music festival in July annually, with craft fair, club tent, camp site, dance events.£47.00 with camping, children under 10 free. edit
Mendip Food and Drink Festival, ☎ 01749 341 327 (email@example.com), . A variety of special food and drink events held in and near the Mendips annually, late October-early Novemberedit
There are a number of guest houses, also some self catering accommodation, camping and caravan sites and a few independent hotels. Full lists available from Somerset County Tourist Information 
Self Catering SomersetSpindle Cottage, Binegar Green (Spindle Cottage is 15 miles south of Bath, 18 miles south of Bristol and 5 miles north of Wells. 1/2 mile from the B3139 Wells / Bath road and 1 mile from the A 37 at Gurney Slade on the Bristol / Shepton Mallet road.), ☎ 01749 840497, . Self catering Somerset holiday accommodation. Spindle cottage is a 17th century cottage high on the Mendip hills. Set in a garden complete with summerhouse, gazebo and a conservatory. Step inside the cottage and you find a world of make believe with carvings of mushrooms, spiders web, birds and mice in oak beams and stone work.
The Penscot Inn, The Square, Shipham, Nr Cheddar, ☎ 01934 842 659, . Twelve en suite rooms, 3 star rated. Restaurant and bar.£76 double. edit
Burcott Mill, Wookey, Wells, ☎ 01749 673 118, . Bed and Breakfast adjacent to a working water-powered flour mill.from £30,00 adult sharing double. edit
Home Farm Cottages, Barton, Winscombe, Nr Cheddar, ☎ 01934 842 078 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Self-catering accommodation Set in 2 acres of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Barton, near Cheddar£240 to £775 seasonal rates per week. edit
Broadway House Holiday Park, Cheddar (18 miles south of Bristol on the A371, midway between Cheddar and Axbridge.), ☎ 01934 742 610 (email@example.com, fax: 01934 744 950), . Touring caravans, camping, some lodges, swimming pool in summer, children's play area, convenience shop, restaurant and baredit
Anela B&B, Lower North Street, Cheddar, ☎ 01934 743 806. A friendly B&B located in the very centre of Cheddar village - convenient for all facilities and just a short, level walk from the Gorge.edit
Outdoor activities such as climbing, caving and abseiling should only be undertaken with suitably qualified groups. The hills contain many old mine workings and even undiscovered pot-holes, so walkers should be well equipped and use good maps.