Road through Cheddar Gorge to shut for second weekend because of concerns over lockdown breaches

All vehicles will be banned from the B3135 over the Bank Holiday weekend. Credit: PA

One of the most picturesque roads in the West Country is to be shut off for the second consecutive weekend to stop people breaching lockdown restrictions.

The B3135 - also known as Cliff Road - rises up from through the dramatic scenery at Cheddar Gorge onto the top of the Mendips.

Last weekend the road was shut by police following reports of speeding drivers and people travelling long distances to the Gorge.

To put people off travelling there this weekend the road will shut from 6pm tonight (May 7) until 8am on Monday (May 11).

Barriers and signing will be in place at both ends of the Gorge. There will be no access to car parks throughout the closure.

The closure order bans all motor traffic, including motorbikes. Local cyclists and walkers will still be able to take their daily exercise in the area.

Police officers will be staging regular patrols to ensure the ban on traffic is enforced, along with contractors from Somerset County Council.

The decision to introduce the ban on traffic was taken jointly with Somerset County Council.