Friday 16th October 2020
Cheddar is the largest village in Somerset on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills. On the northern edge of the village is Cheddar Gorge and Caves, the gorge is the largest in the UK. It has several show caves including Gough’s Cave, the gorge has been the centre of human settlement since neolithic times.
This morning we decided to take a visit, there are two footpaths one on each side that go up and along the ridges of the gorge, however as traffic was light we opted to walk along the road, no footpath in many places. The road winds it’s way through the gorge and thankfully does so at a steady rising gradient so the walk up wasn’t too difficult. As it wasn’t too busy and virtually no-one was parked in the numerous lay byes we had time and space to look at the rocky feature, the rushing streams and the wild Soay sheep grazing on the rocky outcrops.
Of course no visit to Cheddar Gorge would be complete without purchasing a piece of cave aged cheddar cheese, this being the birth place of Cheddar Cheese.