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Cheddar Gorge and Caves

Date: 9th April 2018
Author: fionabousfield
Publisher: Darwin Escapes
Park: Cheddar Woods Resort & Spa
Local Area

Visually stunning and with a wide range of things to do – Cheddar Gorge is a fantastic day out for the whole family…

One of the reasons that Cheddar Woods Resort & Spa is one of the most sought after holiday home locations in our portfolio is its proximity to Cheddar Gorge which provides an unrivaled backdrop to our resort.

This iconic natural wonder is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and was once voted the second greatest natural wonder in Britain in a Radio Times survey.

Attracting over half a million visitors per year, not only is it a visually stunning place to visit but it is also home to the world famous Cheddar Gorge Caves. Read on to find out why Cheddar Gorge should be the location of choice for your first day out and about the next time you visit Cheddar Woods…

Cheddar Gorge History

Alladdin’s Cave

Cheddar Gorge is a Site of Special Scientific Interest on account of findings which have been made by archaeologists in the caves which were once home to a pre-historic community of humans from the Mesolithic Age.

It was in Gough’s Cave that the world’s oldest complete skeleton was discovered in 1903. The imaginatively named ‘Cheddar Man’ was found to be 9,000 years old and dated back to the Mesolithic Age. It was amazingly found via DNA analysis that descendants of Cheddar Man were still living in the local area (certainly not the most widely travelled of Cheddar Man’s family members!).

Customers who pay to enter the caves are permitted to enter Gough’s Cave and via audio guides learn the fascinating tale of its Ice Age creation as well as gaining more information about the communities which used to inhabit it.

Paying guests are also able to take advantage of a state-of-the-art pre-historic ‘Dreamhunters Experience’ in Cox’s Cave. This tells the story of how early man progressed through the ages to become the dominant species on our planet via the use of a wide range of multi-media techniques in a truly unique experience.

Gorge on the Outdoors

If you are more of an outdoorsy type, then you will be pleased to learn that there are a number of walking routes to take advantage of on Cheddar Gorge too. The most famous of which is Jacobs Ladder and it certainly isn’t for the faint hearted being a mammoth 274 step venture up to the top of the cliff top and the unique Lookout Tower.

You do have to pay to take advantage of this world famous route, but those who manage to get to the top are rewarded with stunning views overlooking the Mendip Hills as well as our 5 star resort. Why not give our friendly Cheddar Woods team a wave when you get the top?

The more adventurous amongst you might instead be interested in the Cheddar Gorge climbing activities. Under guidance from experienced on-site instructors, find out whether you will be one of the select few who manages to scale this 450 foot wonder.

Shopping, Sipping & Sumptuous Treats

If you do manage to reach the summit, why not pick up a Costa Coffee or a cooling treat from Ice Dreams Ice Cream Parlour. In the mood for something a little more substantial? Then you could grab some Award Winning fish and chips from Tuckers.

Cheese lovers can grab a slab of one of the Gorge’s most popular exports – Cheese which is stored prior to sale in the caves themselves! This can be purchased from the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Shop.

There are a wide range of gift shops near the bottom of the Gorge too for the shopaholics, including Mendip gifts, The Gorge Bear Co, Cheddar Gorge Toy Shop (a financial risk if you are with children) and of course Leg Bender Cider Shop.

How to Get to Cheddar Gorge

Holiday guests and lodge owners at Cheddar Woods can make the 1.6 mile journey to the Gorge on foot or by car with public parking facilities provided at the bottom of Cheddar Gorge itself.

Please be warned that due to the popularity of the attraction, parking spaces get filled up quickly. We therefore recommend arriving before 11am during peak periods such as school holidays. Cheddar Gorge parking costs contribute towards the conservation of the attraction and are a very reasonable £5 for the day.

Customers who are enjoying a pet friendly holiday at Cheddar Woods will be pleased to learn that dogs are allowed at Cheddar Gorge, so you don’t have to enjoy this fine day out without companionship from your four legged friend.

No holiday in Somerset would be complete without a visit to Cheddar Gorge!

Photo Credits: Gary Bembridge, Rwendland, Elliott Brown, Alison Day

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