Exploring England's Eponymous Cheese Village

Cheddar village lends its name and is home to the world-famous cheddar cheese and England's scenic vistas
Cheddar village is the home of the world famous eponymous cheese. Credit Shutterstock
Cheddar village is the home of the world famous eponymous cheese. Credit Shutterstock

Cheddar, home to UK's tallest inland cliffs, is known for its scrumptious food and is one of Great Britain's most spectacular attractions. Just like its name suggests, it is the origin spot of one of the most famous cheeses in the world. To date, the hamlet continues to make cheese the old-fashioned way. When you're here, don't forget to visit its stores to buy some real Cheddar cheese aged in its own Cheddar's Gough's cave.

Gaze Into The Gorgeous Gorge

The village boasts a beautiful setting with wonderful walking paths and interesting outdoor adventures. Cheddar rises 500 feet to the summit of Cheddar Gorge at the edge of the Somerset Levels. Hidden in the Mendip Hills, this gem is home to breathtaking cliffs and spectacular underground show caves. It serves as a central tourism hub for rock climbing and caving. Experience the majestic flora and fauna, some historical digging, and an adventure of a lifetime on the ideal all-season day trip in Somerset, Britain's most magnificent natural sights.

Stroll Through The Gough's Cave

Explore the enigmatic caverns of a 500,000-year-old cave. Sneak into these hidden caves, and lose yourself in the stupendous views that stalagmites and stalactites have carved out. The largest and often regarded as one of the best in the nation, Gough's cave was discovered in the late nineteenth century. Over half a million years ago, when the river water started eroding the limestone rock, it eventually led to the development of this cave. You will be surprised to witness the towering chambers of St. Paul's Cathedral and the sky-high Solomon Temple spires from here. 

Check Out The Awe-Inspiring Cheddar Reservoir

The Yeo originates from a spring close to Charterhouse, goes beneath the Mendip Hills' limestone, reappears in Gough's Cave, and eventually emerges into Cheddar Gorge. The river creates Britain's greatest underground river system inside Gough's Cave. The water from the river enters Bristol Water's Cheddar Reservoir, a circular reservoir. If you're looking for a more leisurely, slow-paced walk or some fishing and birdwatching amidst stunning surroundings, Cheddar Reservoir is your go-to location. The reservoir path is a 3.5-kilometre walk with a breathtaking view, an even better affair on a bright day with blue skies

Find The Mendip Way Within The Mendip Hills

Covering Weston-super-Mare to Frome, the Mendip Way is an 80-kilometre long-distance footway that crosses the Mendip Hills. The trail is excellent when you're in Cheddar and in the mood for hiking, backpacking, and camping. This area is home to old woods, Iron Age hillforts, underground caverns, twisting canyons, and Roman highways. From the ridge route, hikers can view this most beloved country based on a magnificent panorama. The overall course contrasts the majestic mountains of the Western Mendips with the hidden valleys and quiet woodlands of the East Mendip Way, capturing the entire range of Somerset scenery. It connects numerous significant and interesting natural areas, making it a paradise for individuals who enjoy the natural outdoor setting.

Getting There

By Car&nbspThe B3371/B3135 is the best route to take in the gorge from the east (i.e., travelling west).

By Bus&nbspThe 126 service travels hourly during the day, Monday through Saturday, via Cheddar between Weston-super-Mare (approximately an hour) and Wells (about 40 minutes), with fewer trips on Sundays.

By Bicycle Or Coach&nbspBoth bicycles and coaches can also take you to Cheddar.

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