Journey to the Depths and Discover Cheddar Gorge & Caves

Gosswood Park - Places to Visit - Cheddar Gorge

Somerset is more than rolling hills and quaint villages – within a short drive of Gosswood Park Campsite, the dramatic landscape of Cheddar Gorge and Caves awaits adventurous campers and glampers. Buckle up for a thrilling journey of geological marvels and underground explorations.

A Landscape Carved by Time

Begin your adventure on the winding road that cuts through Cheddar Gorge, carved out by meltwater during the Ice Ages. Gaze in awe upon the towering limestone cliffs reaching 450 feet high, a haven for climbers and a dramatic backdrop to your explorations. Keep your eyes peeled for the hardy goats scrambling across the cliff faces! The drive itself is an experience, weaving through a landscape rich in myths and legends.

Descend into a Subterranean World

Step out of the sunlight and into a world of stalactites and stalagmites, ancient rock formations, and eerie darkness. Gough’s Cave, the largest of the Cheddar caves, will dazzle you with its immense chambers and cathedral-like spaces. Imagine a time when ice-age hunters walked these same halls, their footsteps echoing through the vast passageways.

Next, discover the eerie beauty of Cox’s Cave, where shimmering light effects transform the stalactites and stalagmites into fantastical sculptures. Learn about stalactites and stalagmites, and the thousands of years it takes for these wondrous formations to take shape. For the most adventurous, a trip to Britain’s oldest complete human skeleton, the 9,000-year-old ‘Cheddar Man,’ is a must-see in the onsite Museum of Prehistory.

Above Ground Adventures

Back in the open air, Cheddar Gorge offers more than subterranean wonders. Climb Jacob’s Ladder, a challenging network of 274 steps, for breathtaking panoramic views of the gorge and countryside. Embark on the thrilling cliff-top Gorge Walk, keeping an eye out for playful Peregrine Falcons circling above. Enjoy a picnic perched overlooking the stunning scenery or venture onto a longer hike exploring the trails crisscrossing the Mendip Hills AONB surrounding the gorge.

Discover Charming Cheddar Village

After your subterranean exploration, be sure to wander through the picturesque village of Cheddar. Home to the world-famous Cheddar cheese, savor the local flavor at one of the charming cheese shops. Indulge in the rich and creamy texture, a treat not to be missed. Peruse quaint shops lining the gorge, where you’ll find local crafts and delicious delights. Take a refreshing dip in the Gorge’s open-air swimming pool, located a short distance from the village and a perfect way to cool off after an active day.