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Member Name: DMWCarol
Cheddar Gorge in General
Date: 20/09/00, updated on 20/09/00 (45 review reads)
Advantages: The scenery. And it's not too busy
Disadvantages: The enormous amount of souvenir type shops make it feel over commercialised and tacky and admission to the caves was expensive (but I can't remember the exact price)
Cheddar Gorge. Sounds kind of dull and cheesy doesn't it? You might think of quiet dairy farms and rolling green hills with maybe a few picturesque cottages scattered across the landscape, of course, if you did you would be totally and absolutely wrong!
Cheddar gorge is the more awe inspiring landscape I can image. A huge great chunk seems to have been eaten out of a mountain and you're walking/driving right through the middle of it.
The moutain almost hangs over your head on either side, only by looking straight up do you see the sky above and as the road twists and turns and winds further and further down it's like descending into a lost world.
When you finally reach the bottom, try to shelve your disappointment at finding yourself in a tacky shopping centre rather than a town or village. Give the cheese shop a quick visit and try chedder how it is meant to be and then get yourself into the caves as quickly as you can.
Now you'll have found the lost world you thought you were approaching - it's like a fairytale kingdom with the light sparkling off the rocks and the drips of water falling musically into rockpools on either side.
Some of the special effects are breathtaking, but nothing compares to the sheer magnificence of the caves themselves, millions of years worth of stalagtite growth and natural formations that are more beautiful than any mortal artist could hope to recreate.