Hi Ho, Hi Ho
I was taken to Cheddar by two wonderful VT members with whom I was visiting in Bristol for the weekend, Greebo and Aragina.
Greebo agreed to accompany me into the caves and while we were in them a group of miners, returning from the depths of the them, walked past us in a line singing "Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work we go", the song the Seven Dwarfs sing as the head off to the mines in Snow White. It was absolutely hilarious!!
Have you ever wondered how Cheddar Cheese got its name? Well, local legend in the area says that a village milkmaid left a pail of milk in the Cheddar Caves, and upon returning to fetch it, discovered that the milk had turned into this substance which became known as Cheddar Cheese.
The cheese of Cheddar is so famous that Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe, after visiting the Mendips in 1724, wrote a book titled "A Tour of the Islands of Great Britain" in which an entire section was written about Cheddar and its cheese.
The gorge is a spectacular natural feature cut into the karst limestone of the Mendip Hills. I frequently take visitors to see this area,and always find it so peaceful and tje surroundings stunning.
Of course there are many tourist attractions, but it is not compulsory to see everything. I tend to avoid Cox Cave with its psychodelic hype and 'scarey' features unless children are with us. The gift shops are given a miss. weir and water fall.
I recommend having a tea with locally baked scones and clotted cream. The sweet factory is also one of my stops and I buy traditional sweets as gifts. And buy local honey for myself.
After seeing the caves, I like to walk down past the mill with its pond and weir and water fall.
No matter how often I visit, I always find something new. The latest time I find there is a tracing of a mammoth on a wall, and an exhibit of cave explorers.
The lighting is very good, picking out certain formations, The audi -guide is not easy to use without instruction, and the narrative is a bit cheesy.
Cheddar Gorge, it's gooorgeous!!!!!!
Cheddar Gorge is absolutely stunning!! The cliffs are age old as this is the oldest gorge in the UK. The hike up to the top of the gorge is absolutely amazing, a bit steep but we did it backwards. We didn't start at Jacob's ladder like most people do, but started at the other end of it. All the hard work definitely pays off when you reach the rim of the gorge! Don't forget to bring a picnic and a camera, you won't regret it at all!!!
This is the amazing view we had when we stopped for lunch at the top of the gorge! That's pretty worth it to me...
My hiking group for our kodak moment!
Cheddar, Somerset, England
"A very good Cheddar website to refer to."
I am in the midst of updating my Cheddar Webpage. It has been years since I last went there, so meanwhile please refer to a well recommended Cheddar Website