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Stunning scenery, yummy cheese
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In a nutshell
If you are within 50 miles of Cheddar, visit the gorge!
WulfstanTraveller Says: The Cheddar Caves are interesting and striking caves. They also are the place where 9,000-year-old Cheddar Man was found. Tests on Cheddar Man revealed that he has a direct descendant living in the area today, a teacher. This shows how the successive waves of people who have...
It's easiest to get to Cheddar if you have use of a car though buses do come from certain towns such as Bristol.
If driving take Cheddar exit 22 off the M5 and follow the brown signs for 8 miles. From London it takes approximately 2 and a half hours.
If coming from Bristol take A 38 for 8 miles through Churchhill traffic lights, then left at garage for Shipham, then 3 miles to Cheddar.
There's a car park north of the caves.
Written Sep 4, 2003
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.
Written Sep 4, 2003
To be able to explore the caves, you need to buy the Caves & Gorge Explorer Ticket. At £10.90 I believe this is a huge rip off. The only thing really worth seeing on the ticket is the actual cave and gorge. And since you can see the gorge for free you really are paying just to see the caves.
As part of the ticket, they operate a seasonal open top bus tour of the gorge. They take you halfway through the gorge and then turn around again and drop you off at the caves. I was expecting it to be more comprehensive - a five minute ride up and down the gorge is not really what I would expect from a "tour".
If it were possible to buy a separate ticket to view the caves, then it would be worth doing that. The explorer ticket is just a way to extort money out of unsuspecting tourists.
Written Mar 16, 2005