Cheddar Gorge

Dear Farah

I was going through the photos of our Easter break to Cheddar Gorge last weekend and was rather taken aback by this pic.

Doesn't this rock look like  a sitting lion?

Doesn’t this rock look like a sitting lion?


Did you notice this rock? Doesn’t it look just like a lion? I’m not sure whether its relaxing or ready to pounce on the unsuspecting tourists below!

Incredibly it is a natural cliff formation, but I’ll let you in on a secret… we’re not the first to have noticed it. Apparently it’s the ‘world-famous’ Lion Rock of Cheddar Gorge. There was even an eponymous tea room on the roadside just below it.

The UK's answer to the Sphinx !

The UK’s answer to the Sphinx !

So what did you think of Cheddar?

I thought the drive into the gorge as approached from across the Mendip Hills was amazing. It is unlike anything I have seen in the UK. This might be a bold comparison but it reminded me of the Canyon Country of south-west USA; the spectacular landscape that stretches across Arizona, Utah and Nevada.

Didn't take my own pic so here's one by Philip N Young

Didn’t take my own pic of the drive into Cheddar Gorge so here’s one by Philip N Young


And as for the little tourist village surrounding the cave entrance, it was also rather delightful and quaint with its tea rooms, artisan shops and stream-side picturesqueness.

Picturesque Cheddar Gorge

Picturesque Cheddar Gorge


The Cheddar Gorge Ticket Office

The Cheddar Gorge Ticket Office


Local craftsmanship

Local craftsmanship


By the way, this is the second time we’ve been to Cheddar and we still didn’t make time to visit the Cheddar Cheese Shop and see how the the famous cheese is made. Hopefully next time!

On entering the caves however, did you notice this? Apparently part of the maturing process now involves storing the cheese inside the caves themselves!

Cheddar Gorge Cheese maturing in the caves!

Notice the blocks of cheese in the background!


And I dont know whether it was just for Easter but the colourful lighting that had been installed within the caves was certainly imparting a mysterious aura to the cavern.
Illuminated staircase in the caves

Illuminated staircase in the caves

Artistic lighting enhancing the mystery of the caves

Artistic lighting enhancing the mystery of the caves

All in all, Cheddar is well worth the trip and I would recommend it to all your friends. It’s a great entry point to drive further into Devon… as of course we did.

Taking in the view over the Mendips, from the top of the gorge

Taking in the view over the Mendips



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