Cheddar Gorge in the Mendip hills of Somerset is made of Limestone Rock. The walls of rock can be accessed and viewed from the road that dissects it. It is probably better known for the origin of Cheddar cheese, the underground cave system and the subsequent village it has created.
|The cone fairy and yellow line rules !|
A few general overview pictures first before I finish off with the main attractions on offer...
|Street with cave entrance in the background ...1960's !!|
|Old Rowlands overlooking the river, Cheddar Gorge|
|Derrick's Tea rooms, Cheddar. Picturesque house converted into tourist shops.|
Although I don't want to sound too cynical and negative, it is possible to take your eye elsewhere by cropping your panoramic view and seeing some of the unspoilt natural beauty around that still exists.
|House on the hill, Cheddar Gorge|
|The Gorge, Cheddar Gorge|
|The Old Cheddar Barn, Cheddar Gorge|
|Loads of the stuff ...|
|... and a bit more !|
The Cheese was matured at cold consistent temperatures and humidity in Cheddar Caves. Larger caves were discovered by cave explorers Cox and Gough in 1837 and 1903. These intricate underground chambers are another reason to attract the tourist although it seems like more of a parallel Harry Potter theme park at times ....