Are you an outdoor enthusiast looking for a great place to spend the weekend? The answer is: Visit Cheddar Gorge, located in Somerset, UK. You might be asking yourself, Cheddar Gorge, what’s that and why should I go there? Well, this is exactly what I’m going to tell you in this article.
Cheddar Gorge is Britain's biggest gorge offering spectacular views from cliffs reaching 137 metres in height. This amazing site has been named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it is a well-known centre for climbers, cavers, as well as the perfect place for hikers, walkers and foodies.
Hiking at Cheddar Gorge
Cheddar Gorge has a 3-mile walking trail called the Cheddar Gorge Cliff Top Walk. You can already imagine the sort of stunning views you should expect from walking up there. It is recommended that you start the trail at the Lookout Tower, but I did it the other way around. I started the walk at the Lion Rock instead because this way I could do part of the walk without having to pay.
Climbing at Cheddar Gorge
If you ever dreamt of rock climbing, you can do this at the Cheddar Gorge for about £22 per person. You will be briefed first, then you will have 7 different routes to climb on. You can do multiple routes, just be quick, as your session lasts for one and a half hours. You can, of course, purchase more time if needed. It wouldn’t be a great experience if you wouldn’t get a certificate of achievement at the end, to show all your friends and family what adventurous soul you are.
Caving at Cheddar Gorge
I always wondered how it’s like to have an adventure caving experience. I must admit, I’m usually afraid of tight and dark spaces, hence I never actually got the courage to pursue this curiosity. If you dare to crawl and climb through a quarter of a mile caving system than Cheddar Gorge has the adventure for you. For £22 per person, you can take advantage of an unforgettable experience. I say unforgettable because I think this would hunt me to the ground.
Food at Cheddar Gorge
Now that we discussed phobias and already presented everything you cannot do if you are afraid of heights or claustrophobic, it's time to focus on something suited to everyone’s taste: food! Cheddar Gorge is a great place to enjoy some epic British goodies such as fudge, handcrafted sweets, delicious cream tea and of course the classic fish and chips. There are plenty of tea rooms, pubs and restaurants, as well as several ice cream parlours waiting for you to enjoy yummy treats. If food is your calling, click to read the 7 best treats you can enjoy at the Cheddar Gorge. I don’t know about you, but after my 3-mile walk I went straight for the sweets and regained all the calories I lost during the workout.
For more info about Cheddar Gorge or for purchasing tickets in advance, click for the official website.
Are you an outdoors lover? What would you like to do at the Cheddar Gorge? Are into hiking, caving, climbing, or do you get super excited about awesome food? Let me know in the comments section below.