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Cheddar Gorge

Cheddar Gorge: The website proclaimed Cheddar Gorge as one of Britain’s most spectacular natural landmarks.

It added: “From its awe-inspiring cliffs to its extraordinary subterranean stalactite show caves.

“Cheddar Gorge and Caves holds many fascinating secrets about our prehistoric ancestors, and is an international centre for caving and rock climbing.

“So what are you waiting for? Nature, wildlife, history, adventure – experience the wonder of it all on a perfect day out in Somerset.”

We had to go as it was a comfortable drive of less than an hour from Bristol along the motorway and they follow the signs. There could have been more signs, but we made it without a hitch.

The village entry is pleasant but the centre is a disappointment. It is packed with tea rooms, restaurants and wee shops.

Parking is at a premium and at a price £5. That’s OK if you are spending the whole day, but not for an hour. We had other places to visit.

In fairness, there is free parking deeper into the gorge but we did not have time.

The retail area did not excite, apart from the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company, where award-winning cheese is made with raw milk from local cows, so we move on.

Driving through the gorge to our next destination was, admittedly, spectacular.

Undoubtedly, you need time to explore here and we may do that in the future, but it is busy, we felt you need suitable walking equipment as the surrounding walks appeared much more than a comfortable stroll.

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