The Sykes Cottages Guide To Cheddar And The Cheddar Gorge

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On a cottage holiday, Cheddar is an ideal place to visit. Between Bath and Glastonbury, the picturesque Somerset village of Cheddar has gained fame over the years from production of the eponymously named cheese, and a stunning set of caves and fissures running into the Mendip hills known as the Cheddar Gorge. Those enjoying a holiday home stay in the Cheddar area are well placed for visiting both the attractions local to Cheddar, and those of the wider Somerset area.

Cheddar’s rural location among the rolling Mendip hills will appeal to walkers and outdoor enthusiasts, who will find many well-marked rambling and cycling routes criss-crossing the area, many of which start from within the unique Cheddar pink limestone of the Gorge itself before climbing out onto higher, more open ground where sweeping views of the surrounding countryside may be enjoyed. Pot holing, caving, cycling, horse riding, fishing and golf can all be arranged locally in Cheddar.  The village itself is well set up to cater for the many summer visitors, with a good array of shops, restaurants and amenities. Walks can be enjoyed along the lake and to the nearby waterfall, whilst the Garden of Fragrance, reached by a pleasant stroll along the river Yeo and created for the blind, is a delight for the senses. The famous Cheddar cheese is still produced in the town, and a visit to the Cheddar Cheese Visitor Centre offers the opportunity to watch craftsmen at work before enjoying a sampling and a browse through the gift shop, where a range of cheeses and associated products are available.

The Cheddar Gorge caves run daily tours of the cavernous network of underground chambers and the gorge itself, carved some 400ft and three miles into the Mendip hills. Many cottage industries and tourist services have grown up around the gorge, such as the Cheddar Sweet Kitchen with its free sweet-making demonstrations, or the Gorge Bear Company, one of the nation’s largest collections of furry cuddly toys. The working outdoor gauge railways and other childhood memorabilia among the collections featured at the Cheddar Gorge Toy Museum are also worth a visit, and along the way the visitor will find ample refreshment in the form of the many cafes and restaurants in the area.

Why not take a look at our self catering cottage in Cheddar?

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