Staying Gorge-ous

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Peter and I did a “last hurrah” weekend before the baby comes and headed off to Cheddar, England yesterday. Cheddar is a village in the county of Somerset that is famous for giving its name to one of my faves — cheddar cheese! Besides being the home of delicious cheese, Cheddar also boasts a magnificent gorge and several caves/caverns that are fun to explore.

We rolled into Cheddar around lunchtime yesterday and immediately found a restaurant that I could sample some of the local offerings. After a cheese-filled meal, we waddled our way past some adorable shops and tea houses up to the tourist office and bought tickets for a walk along the gorge and the caves.

The walk was a 3 mile circuit and started with a 274 step staircase up to the top of the hill. Luckily it had plenty of resting points along the way up the staircase because I was huffing and puffing the whole time!

At the top, there was a viewing tower and a path leading further up the hill. We decided to walk for as long as I felt I could which in the end was only about 1/2 a mile but it was just enough for us to see some beautiful views and take some obligatory “bump” pictures.

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On the way back down, we went up the tower for another vantage point of the lovely valley below. Then it was time to head off to the caverns. We went to Gough cave which was found/excavated in the early 1900s by a local man named Richard Gough. Within the cave, they discovered the skeleton of a man from the Mesolithic period, which is the oldest complete human skeleton in Britain.

Gough’s Cave has lots of pools of water and naturally formed crevices. The cave is also used for storing and maturing cheddar cheese — so cool.

After our tour, I was ready for some relaxation so we strolled back through the village, bought some of the cheese that is matured inside of the caves, and drove off through Cheddar Gorge to our lovely hotel. More on our stay there for another day!

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