Our guide to Cheddar Holiday Cottages
The very village where they make all that cheese we love so much, Cheddar and the area that surrounds it make for one unique break. Best known for Cheddar Gorge and the show caves, the region’s home to some of the most dramatic scenery in the whole of the UK. The Gorge itself is popular with walkers all year round, and whether you’re content to stroll along the Lower Gorge at the foot of the cliffs, or you tackle Jacob’s Ladder and the clifftop walks, it’s spectacular.
Holidays in Cheddar are about embracing the Great British countryside and creating adventures. It’s about tradition too, as Cheddar cheese has been produced in the village since the 12th century – and it’s still stored in the Cheddar caves while it matures. If you’re taking the kids, make sure you head to Wookey Hole, about a 20-minute drive away, as it hosts some of the best seasonal events in the region.
Things to do in Cheddar
A visit to Cheddar Gorge is one of the most popular things to do in Cheddar. At three miles long, it’s the largest gorge in England, and whether you drive through it or wander the winding pathway at the foot of the cliffs, it’s incredible. There’s a circular clifftop walk that showcases the views of the Gorge and the landscape that surrounds it, and if you’re feeling energetic you can climb the 274 steps up Jacob’s Ladder to the lookout tower. Dogs are welcome to enjoy the clifftop walk, but should remain on their leads to ensure their safety.
When you’re ready to head underground, make sure you venture into Gough’s Cave to explore its 500,000 year history. The largest of the Cheddar show caves, Gough’s Cave is home to mysterious caverns, mind-boggling rock formations and even a meeting chamber once used by ancient elders.
It would be a shame to visit Cheddar and not pop into the Cheddar Gorge Cheese company visitor centre. You’re welcome to stay as long as you like, watching the team making, maturing and packing cheese, and you’ll be able to sample them to choose your favourite while you’re there. The best part’s picking which ones to take back home, and the shop’s well-stocked with cheeses, chutneys and pickles. Yum.
Places to eat in Cheddar
Let’s start with one of the best-loved places to eat in Cheddar – The Cider Barn at Strawberryfield Park. We might be a teeny bit biased, but this cider bar and restaurant has a great reputation for serving up a whole selection of fun and quirky ciders and yummy food. In fact, it’s so good that members of Team Blue Chip wouldn’t dream of leaving the area without stopping by whenever they visit!
Obviously if you’re a cheese lover then you need to make sure you pay a visit to the Cheddar Gorge Cheese co while you’re in the village of Cheddar, and as we mentioned above, it’s a great place for stocking up on treats to take home with you too.
There’s something about that circular walk around Cheddar Gorge that has you dreaming of a cream tea, and when the clotted cream craving kicks in, we say head to the Lion Rock Tea Rooms. Whether you sit inside or at one of the tables in the pretty garden, this is the place to take the weight off your feet and sample homemade scones.
Dog friendly days out in Cheddar
We love the fact that there are so many dog friendly days out in Cheddar, and it’s home to the kind of scenery that makes for truly memorable walks with your pet. If you’re getting a tiny bit bored of those walks around the local playing field with your four-legged friend, how about wandering the three mile walk that takes in Cheddar Gorge? With the kind of scenery that could have been made to grace Instagram, this is one impressive leg stretch.
Gough’s Cave is another dog friendly Cheddar day out, and that means you can spend a whole day in and around the village with your pet. A little further afield, dogs are welcome (on leads) at the beautiful Forde Abbey & Gardens and on the West Somerset Railway.