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The Cheddar Gorge

The Cheddar Gorge is a wonderful place for a day out. The gorge itself is steep-sided and has good vegetative covering, sheep and rock formations, in addition to the famous caves.
At the far end of the gorge are shops and a hand-made sweet factory where old-style sweets like bulls-eyes can be purchased; a cheddar cheese factory; gift shops and restaurants.
But beware , the caves close at 5 pm.

Stalagmites and Stalactites

The real attraction of the Cheddar gorge are the caves. Gough's cave is a wonderworld . The stalagmites and stalactites are so varied in both shape and colour. The pools reflect the colours and forms and the most spectacular formations are carefully lighted, and there are headphones for following the trail through the caves.

and more

At the entry of Gough's cave is a reproduction of the site and skeleton of Cheddar man. Outside there is a museum with finds, articles and photographs relating to the caves. DNA has proved that a descendant of Cheddar man still lives in the village.
Another smaller cave has been made into an adventure, with ghouls and ghosties for children .

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A true wonder of nature
  • Cons:A bit out of the way
  • In a nutshell:not just a place for cheese
  • Last visit to Cheddar: Aug 2003
  • Intro Updated May 19, 2009
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  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2009 at 3:58 AM

    Beautiful place, even if I saw it only in passing. Thanks for the virtual tour of the caves. We may have been to the same dairy farm!

  • yooperprof's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2008 at 8:45 AM

    Cheddar is gorge-ous! (Sorry, I couldn't resist.)

  • Sjalen's Profile Photo
    Jan 19, 2006 at 6:57 AM

    More, more! :)))

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2006 at 1:50 AM

    My wife and I drove through the Gorge in mid-December and it was very impressive!! Quite a change of scenery in that part of England.

  • yurxlnc's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2005 at 7:03 AM

    Brilliant photos of the stalagmites etc. I must visit there one day

  • Beach_dog's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2005 at 1:52 PM

    Been many times, I like Cheddar. If I recall the DNA test was from TV's Time Team. Most of the local children in a history class were descendants, but the teacher who had a real interest in being a descendant was not.


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