One attraction within easy reach of Club sites in and around Somerset is Cheddar Gorge and caves, having visited the site some years ago it was well worth another visit. Tickets are around £18 per adult and this covers 6 of the Cheddar Gorge attractions.
Cheddar Gorge & Caves holds many fascinating secrets about our prehistoric ancestors and is a fascinating place to visit to discover how our civilisation survived and thrived. There are 2 main caves systems for you to explore, Coxe’s cave opened in 1837 provides an audio-visual experience which children will enjoy exploring the past and providing information on how our ancestors lived and hunted for food.
For many, the Visit to Gough’s cave will be the highlight of your trip to Cheddar Gorge. Discovered by Richard Cox Gough in 1892, it took him and his sons took over 8 years of hard labour to dig out the accumulated silt, mud and rocks for us to enjoy the caves today. Stalactites and stalagmites create naturally flowing structures of calcified limestone rock formations
The formation of the caves at Cheddar began over half a million years ago when river water started dissolving the limestone rock. Created entirely be water the resulting caverns are decorated with unbelievable rock formations; the soaring chambers of St Paul’s Cathedral and the towering spires of Solomon’s Temple makes Goughs cave a sight not to be missed. An audio guide is provided for you to better understand how these calcified formations were formed and the toil that was required to enable you to enjoy them today.
The cave also contains skeletal remains of both humans and animals, cut marks on animal bones show the use of ancient knives and axes, and cave drawings provide a record of the diversity of wildlife at the time. Visit the museum (included in the ticket) to discover more about early life in the gorge and see how our ancestors developed tools and weapons to enable them to survive and thrive.
If you only visit the Coxes Cave, a trip to Cheddar Gorge would be well worth it, however, you would be missing the true spectacle of the beauty and experience of Cheddar Gorge if you do not take the 274 steps up Jacobs ladder to the top of the gorge to the viewing tower. It’s a steep climb and you need to be fit, however, there is 4 stop off points on the way up for you to rest and discover some facts about the Gorge and its flora and fauna.
The trip down from Jacobs ladder is much easier and you can enjoy the sight of other people climbing up. After all your activity you can rest easy that you have burned off enough calories to earn a well-deserved cream tea and piece of cake. Most visitors will like to sample the free cheese tasting which is on offer in a number of shops.
we were no exception so after trying a variety of flavours and levels of maturity, a round slab of Cave Aged Mature Cheddar cheese was purchased for later enjoyment with a glass of red wine back at the caravan.
Cheddar is a well known tourist destination which can be crowded at times. if you have plenty of time and venture off the beaten track peace and quiet is available for people who are prepared to make the effort. For the adrenalin junkies amongst us, sports such as rock climbing, abseiling, and adventure caving, are available for both youngsters and adults.