The Cheddar Gorge is a narrow canyon in the Mendip hills, which
is a range that separates Somerset from Wiltshire. The town of Cheddar
has been there a long time (since Roman days, when they did a lot
of lead mining and smelting), and cheese has been a local product.
And, where there's limestone hills and water, there's caves! This
is much like the area at Wookey
Hole (which is only a few miles to the east, near Wells). We
went into one of the "showcaves" that has been developed
(Gough's cave). Next time, we want to spend longer there; there's
a caving tour where you dress up in overalls and hardhats and go
beyond the lighted area.
The gorge looks like it would be a great place to do some rock
climbing. Nice limestone cliffs with great crack structures, and
several pitches high.
travel/engsum2004/cheddar.htm - 15 August 2004