A scenic road trip through Cheddar Gorge
Cheddar gorge is known as the limestone canyon and you can see why.
by Abi Purvis
The tremendous rocks tower parallel to one another as, like a river, the road twists and bends, winding down through the town of cheddar runs between.
Cheddar Gorge in Somerset, in the Mendip hills, is a haven for hikers, climbers, tourists, and holiday goers as this place is like no other.
If you look closely into the rock faces, you’ll see the opening of little mysterious limestone caves. Gough’s cave is the biggest in cheddar at 3km long and 115 meters deep with chambers and interesting rock formations, as well as giving an insight into the underground river system. It is worth a visit. Wookey Hole caves aren’t too far away on the southern edge of the Mendip hills if keen cave enthusiasts want to explore its 25 chambers that is over 300 foot deep.
You will never be short of places to go hiking. The hills that stand upon the limestone canyons offer fantastical views of cheddar reservoir, miles and miles of Somerset countryside, and sublime jagged cliffs — If you keep an eye out (although you might hear them before you see them) you might spot some adventurous and brave climbers travelling up the rock faces.
One of the most popular walks to do in cheddar is up to Crook’s peak. It starts as a woodland walk and the opens up onto the hills with the countryside beneath its brim. The hill gradually winds up to the peak which offers view as far as the coast of Burnham-on-sea.
The quaint town of cheddar is a holiday goers paradise with several outdoor shops and local gift shops to have a nosey in, as well as endless options of tea rooms to have an afternoon cream tea with friends or family. It really is a charming little place nestled within the gorge walls.
The strawberry line was once a railway line which has now been claimed by cyclists. The line starts in Yatton and runs through the heart of cheddar. It is a 10-mile route so it perfect for a family day out, and well deserving of an afternoon cream tea.
There are endless opportunities here, it’s well worth the road trip through town, but make sure to hang around to explore Cheddar’s mystery’s and scenic hillsides.