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Holidays in Cheddar

A picturesque village home to the largest gorge in the UK

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Cheddar Gorge

With historic buildings, pretty tea rooms and endless outdoor activities, Cheddar is perfect for any type of holiday.

Avid walkers can enjoy the dramatic gorge, which is almost 400 feet deep and three miles long. It started forming one million years ago during the last Ice Age and is a sight to behold. The best route to explore Cheddar Gorge starts at the National Trust shop and stretches for 4 miles.

As well as the majestic gorge, be sure to visit the fascinating caves . Gough’s Cave and Cox’s Cave are two of the UK’s most spectacular underground wonders. Perfect for a family day out, the caves are full of mystery. It is here where Cheddar Man, Britain’s oldest skeleton, was found. If you’re feeling adventurous, there are opportunities for caving, climbing and abseiling at the gorge. If you’d like to explore the area on a bicycle, check out The Strawberry Line. The 30-mile traffic-free path spans the heart of Somerset from Clevedon to Shepton Mallet. The route follows the now closed Cheddar Valley line, previously used to transport strawberries to the market.

Driving through Cheddar

The village is set south of the Mendip Hills, making it one of Somerset’s most beautiful rural areas. Foodies are guaranteed to feel at home here, as the village gave its name to Cheddar cheese. You can pick up some delicious cheese at The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company. Indulge in an authentic Cheddar cheese or sample unique variations of this classic product, such as oak smoked Cheddar and Cheddar with cider, garlic and chives.

“Home to the iconic Cheddar Gorge, the largest gorge in the UK, Cheddar is a truly special village.”

If you’re heading out for lunch, you’ll be spoiled for choice. This large village is home to numerous tea rooms, cafes and restaurants. Check out Café Gorge for a hearty lunch or brunch and tuck into a local Ploughman’s or a traditional cream tea. For a meal with a view, check out Edelweiss Restaurant . From pate with red onion marmalade and a toasted rosemary focaccia to a hearty steak and kidney pie, expect tasty dishes made with fresh local produce. At the foot of Cheddar Gorge, you’ll find Franks Restaurant. This fine-dining establishment serves up elegant cuisine such as twice baked goats cheese soufflé and breast of Gressingham duck with honey roasted figs. Wash it down with a pint of local ale or cider at the cosy Riverside Inn.

If you’d like to explore outside the area, you’re not too far from Glastonbury, Weston-Super-Mare and Bristol.

While you’re there

Brean Leisure Park

Brean Leisure Park is a fantastic day out for the whole family, There's lots to do at Brean Leisure Park with over 40 different rides, roller-coasters, and some old favourites like the dodgems.

Isle Of Wedmore

Isle of Wedmore is a golf club with views of the surrounding Somerset countryside.

Cheddar Caves & Gorge

Cheddar is home to the biggest gorge in Britain with cliffs rising to 450ft and two stalactite caverns.

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