Upper New Road, Cheddar, BS27 3DW, gb
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London to Cheddar
Hi there, i would to find out how do i get from London to Cheddar? I know it's near to bristol but i was thinking if i could get straight to Cheddar instead of going to bristol den only heading to Cheddar to see the caves as i'm only making a day trip from London. Thank you all in advance!!
Re: London to Cheddar
the RAC routeplanner says this trip is nearly a 3hr drive
doesn't look like you will go into bristol at all
Re: London to Cheddar
You could make a daytrip by car, of course. It would be a long day but do-able.
If you ar eased to the west of London it will be quicker than from the centre/east. Much depends on how busy the M4 is.
will give you route and information.
But it sounds to me as if you do not have a car. So you would first need to get to Weston-Super-Mare, the nearest station to Cheddar caves, then take local bus 126.
will give you location details.
www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times and fares.
http://www.firstgroup.com/ for bus timetables.
Travel Tips for Cheddar
Reach for the Skies, Jacobs Ladder
Jacobs Ladder is a series of step cut in to a vertical rock face, there are about 300 steps to the top of the Cliff overlooking Cheddar Gorge. A word of caution however, a few people have been killed climbing these steps as they are very steep and the climb is not an easy one, wear good trainers and if you are not fit do not attempt the climb. I have done the climb about 3 times but I am not fit enough anymore to do it. The beginning of the Ladder is extremely easy but don't be lulled into a false sense of security, most people start off that way thinking "this is easy what's the problem" and then get to the cliff and think "oh S*%t". The views from the cliff top however are rather spectular and the walk along the cliff tops will take you past many varied species of flora and fauna most of which are protected species such as Peregrine Falcons and the Horseshoe Bat. There is also a lookout platform where you can see views of Glastonbury, Somerset Levels, Mendip Hills and even Exmoor.
It must be almost 40 years since I was last at Cheddar Gorge. Nothing much has changed with its spectacular caves and views. With the passage of time you now have an audio guide instead of a tour guide, with its advantages and disadvantages.
Cheddar is a pretty village famous for, amongst other things, Cheddar cheese. It is also famous for the beautiful, striking Cheddar Gorge, a deep chasm unusual for England, the Cheddar Caves, and Cheddar Man, a roughly 30,000 year-old preserved body found here which, according to DNA tests, is the direct ancestor of some people from the area currently living.
Into the bowels of the earth
"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.
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 .
Gorging On Cheddar
Cheddar Gorge is an area of stunning beauty that should be seen to be believed, preferably in the sunlight, though with English weather you never know what you will receive. The Gorge starts at the Mendip hills and two miles later ends at the village of Cheddar.
We arrived in the pouring rain and ran through the downpour to wander through the Cheddar Caves. After spending some fascinating time underground we emerged to dazzling sunlight and the sight of green clad cliffs towering above us. Wild sheep wandered at will on the cliffs and gawking tourist almost caused accidents after stopping their car to take pictures (oops, that was us)!
My Mum had urged me for years to visit Cheddar Gorge, but it wasn’t until I saw the Gorge against the brilliant blue sky that I understood her reasons for such a visit.
People have lived in the Gorge area for 40 000 years and it has been a tourist attraction for over 200 years. And yes, this is where Cheddar cheese derived its name; there are various shops in which to buy the original Cheddar cheese.
I highly recommend a trip to the Gorge to view its (pun intended) gorgeousness ;-)
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