Cheddar Gorge – A beautiful country side not very far from Bristol City. As the name suggests Cheddar originated from here and Gorge means beautiful limestone cliffs and caves. If you are looking for a quiet, unspoilt place – Cheddar Gorge is for you.
Our (me and Ash) first proper camping holiday. I will be writing another post on Camping essentials that can be used as a checklist. But just to name few essentials – a water proof tent, good sleeping bags, camping mats, bbq or stove to cook food, water.
This village has got couple of good camping sites with good basic amenities like shared bathrooms, toilets, washing place and a communal fridge. We stayed at – Cheddar Bridge Touring ParK (http://www.cheddarbridge.co.uk/), the owners are really helpful and friendly. It’s adult only park offering a relaxing atmosphere, not ideal location for family holiday.
We were lucky to have a sunny weekend with temperature up to 22 degrees. So we could relax in the campsite, cooked, played cards, went for hiking and not to forget cheese tasting & shopping 🙂
If anyone interested to spend a weekend here, I am listing down few activities that one can try-
1. Hike to Gorge – Cheddar Gorge is one of the most famous natural features in Britain. Carved out of the limestone by rivers that now pass deep underground, and left is series of vertical cliffs. It is a medium gradient hike with quite a few steep climbs. But we tried making it a challenging hike so we did a circular route – Start from Cheddar Gorge village to Black Rock reserve and from here hike to Long Wood Farm, Manor Farm and then to Velvet Bottom Farm. This route will bring you back to Black Rock Reserve, from here start your hike to clifftop. In total 11Kms Hike, but views from top are breathtaking.
2.The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Co -Huge collection of cheese, jams, chutneys. For cheese lovers it’s a paradise.
3.Cheddar Gorge – This tour starts near Information Centre. Perfect for a family outing.
4. Local Cider – Try some local cider which are made only in Cheddar. They come in varieties and are popular as Scrumpy .
5. Rock/Cliff Climbing – I have not done it. But there are companies organizing these sports for enthusiast climbers. For more details – http://www.cheddargorge.co.uk/x-treme/rock-climbing Couple of pictures from the trip:
Before you leave , a stroll in the town is a good idea. They have got some good shops and pubs around.
It was a well spent weekend!! Living in the nature, food, walk, a good tent and Sun 🙂