{"LocationDetails":{"Id":517,"Name":"Cheddar","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to Cheddar Holiday Cottages\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe 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\u0026rsquo;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\u0026rsquo;re content to stroll along the Lower Gorge at the foot of the cliffs, or you tackle Jacob\u0026rsquo;s Ladder and the clifftop walks, it\u0026rsquo;s spectacular.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eHolidays in Cheddar are about embracing the Great British countryside and creating adventures. It\u0026rsquo;s about tradition too, as Cheddar cheese has been produced in the village since the 12\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e century \u0026ndash; and it\u0026rsquo;s still stored in the Cheddar caves while it matures. If you\u0026rsquo;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.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThings to do in Cheddar\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eA visit to Cheddar Gorge is one of the most popular things to do in Cheddar. At three miles long, it\u0026rsquo;s the largest gorge in England, and whether you drive through it or wander the winding pathway at the foot of the cliffs, it\u0026rsquo;s incredible. There\u0026rsquo;s a circular clifftop walk that showcases the views of the Gorge and the landscape that surrounds it, and if you\u0026rsquo;re feeling energetic you can climb the 274 steps up Jacob\u0026rsquo;s Ladder to the lookout tower. Dogs are welcome to enjoy the clifftop walk, but should remain on their leads to ensure their safety.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWhen you\u0026rsquo;re ready to head underground, make sure you venture into Gough\u0026rsquo;s Cave to explore its 500,000 year history. The largest of the Cheddar show caves, Gough\u0026rsquo;s Cave is home to mysterious caverns, mind-boggling rock formations and even a meeting chamber once used by ancient elders. \u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt would be a shame to visit Cheddar and not pop into the Cheddar Gorge Cheese company visitor centre. You\u0026rsquo;re welcome to stay as long as you like, watching the team making, maturing and packing cheese, and you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to sample them to choose your favourite while you\u0026rsquo;re there. The best part\u0026rsquo;s picking which ones to take back home, and the shop\u0026rsquo;s well-stocked with cheeses, chutneys and pickles. Yum.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003cstrong\u003ePlaces to eat in Cheddar \u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eLet\u0026rsquo;s start with one of the best-loved places to eat in Cheddar \u0026ndash; 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\u0026rsquo;s so good that members of Team Blue Chip wouldn\u0026rsquo;t dream of leaving the area without stopping by whenever they visit!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eObviously if you\u0026rsquo;re a cheese lover then you need to make sure you pay a visit to the Cheddar Gorge Cheese co while you\u0026rsquo;re in the village of Cheddar, and as we mentioned above, it\u0026rsquo;s a great place for stocking up on treats to take home with you too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;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.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDog friendly days out in Cheddar\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWe love the fact that there are so many dog friendly days out in Cheddar, and it\u0026rsquo;s home to the kind of scenery that makes for truly memorable walks with your pet. If you\u0026rsquo;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.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eGough\u0026rsquo;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 \u0026amp; Gardens and on the West Somerset Railway.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"cheddar","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/emily.judge/2018/11/Cheddar .jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Cheddar Crazy Golf","Body":"\u003cp\u003eNo matter what their ages or abilities, pretty much everyone to try their hand at Cheddar Crazy Golf course leaves promising themselves they\u0026rsquo;ll play again next time they visit. The 18 hole course was carefully designed to appeal to all ages so it\u0026rsquo;s a great way to spend an hour or two as a family, and features along the way include backgrounds carved from worn stone straight from the nearby gorge \u0026ndash; just in case you forget where you\u0026rsquo;re playing.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eLook out for the water flowing from the gorge stone grotto, it makes this a pretty course to spend time on as well as an entertaining one, and it dates back to the 19\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e century.\u0026nbsp; You\u0026rsquo;ll find parking outside the course for a charge, and views across Cheddar Gorge in the distance make this course that little bit more special. Review after review points out that the obstacles are great fun and that the course is great fun to tackle during a visit to Cheddar.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe course may be great fun, but it\u0026rsquo;s also cleverly thought out, so those of you who like a bit of a challenge with your crazy golf will need to apply your skills as you make your way around.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.284,"LocationLongitude":-2.77013,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/02/crazy golf.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"somerset/cheddar/cheddar-crazy-golf","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/02/crazy golf.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Co. ","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company produces the only real Cheddar to be made...well in Cheddar, so if you visit the village then it\u0026rsquo;s only right that you at least pop in while you\u0026rsquo;re there. The whole cheese making process takes around 8 hours, and you can watch every stage in action during your visit and see just how much skill and hard work goes into making the Cheddar we all know and love.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe cheese is made every day of every week throughout the year, and visitors can spend as long as they like on the viewing gallery to watch the cheese makers hard at work. The taster bar offers free samples for those unsure which to go for and the gift shop is packed with all kinds of cheese, biscuits and pickles. Admission to the cheese making area is just \u0026pound;1.95 per adult and they\u0026rsquo;re welcome to bring two children under 16 inside each free of charge.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you call in between Easter and the end of October you\u0026rsquo;ll find a guide on hand to help explain what\u0026rsquo;s going on and answer all your questions. It can be difficult to find parking in the village so we\u0026rsquo;d recommend parking outside and walking in to make things easier.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.2806,"LocationLongitude":-2.77236,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/02/Cheddar Cheese.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"somerset/cheddar/the-cheddar-gorge-cheese-co","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/02/Cheddar Cheese.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"East Somerset Railway","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe East Somerset Railway is one of the most relaxing ways to enjoy Somerset\u0026rsquo;s unspoilt countryside, and this attraction has been running steam trains for more than forty years. Trains run between Cranmore and Mendip Vale so they\u0026rsquo;re a nice way to explore another part of the county during a Somerset holiday, or many just choose to hop aboard for the experience and to enjoy the views.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe thought of plundering through the landscape in traditional style may sound pretty peaceful but there\u0026rsquo;s always something going on at East Somerset Railway - so you can enjoy something unique during your visit if you check in advance to see what\u0026rsquo;s happening. There are regular events for all ages such as steam galas, spooky specials at Halloween and Santa Specials throughout the Christmas period, and the regular dining trains are perfect ways to enjoy a Sunday roast or a cream tea with a difference.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Mendip Belle dining trains are always a favourite with new passengers and they include a two hour journey by steam train and Sunday lunch. Tickets must be booked in advance and trains depart on certain Sundays at 12.30pm. Dogs are welcome on all trains except for the dining trains and the themed events trains such as Santa Specials.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.2806,"LocationLongitude":-2.77236,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2015/05/steam train_64440.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"somerset/cheddar/east-somerset-railway","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2015/05/steam train_64440.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Cheddar Gorge Craft Village","Body":"\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll find Cheddar Gorge Craft Village a short walk from the gorge itself, and it\u0026rsquo;s every bit as quaint as you\u0026rsquo;d imagine. Visitors can wander the quiet road in the shadow of the impressive gorge behind and browse little shops selling souvenirs, cream teas and of course, real Cheddar cheese. This is the kind of village where every shop has a history and you can just spend an hour or two browsing without feeling hurried.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re going to need postcards and gifts for those back home hold off until you\u0026rsquo;ve visited the craft village, and you don\u0026rsquo;t even have to be a big fan of cheese to get excited about sampling real Cheddar matured right in the village just as it\u0026rsquo;s been for hundreds of years. Cheese isn\u0026rsquo;t the only local produce you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to try during a visit though, you\u0026rsquo;ll also be able to pick up cider and beers made locally.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;If you want to save money on parking we\u0026rsquo;d suggest parking the car in the bottom car park and hopping aboard the bus that takes you through the gorge, you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to sit and admire the landscape and save on parking closer to the gorge and caves.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.2858,"LocationLongitude":-2.76549,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/02/cider2.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"somerset/cheddar/cheddar-gorge-craft-village","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/02/cider2.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Cheddar Caves \u0026 Gorge","Body":"\u003cp\u003eCheddar Gorge is one of the UK\u0026rsquo;s most iconic natural landmarks, and the caves that hide beneath it are just as fascinating as what\u0026rsquo;s above the ground. The gorge is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in its own right, and the cliffs that loom high above the winding road between them stretch more than 450ft high.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eAside from being stunning to stand inside and marvel, the gorge is an important geological area, a historical landscape and one of the most popular places for caving and climbing in the country \u0026ndash; so there really is something for everyone. The Gorge open bus tour is always a god way to start your visit, as not only will you wind your way far below the incredible cliffs but you\u0026rsquo;ll also be brought up to speed on the area\u0026rsquo;s history and fascinating facts before you explore the caves.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eLet\u0026rsquo;s start with Gough\u0026rsquo;s Cave. This is by far the most stunning stalactite cavern in Britain, and the audio guides tells the story of the famous Cheddar man who once called this gloomy cave home. Cox\u0026rsquo;s Cave is a colourful crystalline grotto that twinkles and sparkles as fountains dance and music creates a magical atmosphere.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eFor those of you who want to learn more about the life of the Cheddar man and his relatives visit the Cheddar Man Museum of Prehistory. Find out how those who lived before us survived the Ice Ages and enjoy activities for the little ones such as cave painting. Cheddar Gorge is a unique family day out, so make sure you leave plenty of time to enjoy this natural wonder. Dogs are welcome in Cheddar Gorge, the museum and throughout the caves.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.2828,"LocationLongitude":-2.76491,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/02/Cheddar gorge.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"somerset/cheddar/cheddar-caves-gorge","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/02/Cheddar gorge.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Cheddar Gorge Walk","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s only one place to start when it comes to walking Cheddar and that\u0026rsquo;s high above the mind-blowing gorge. The Cheddar Gorge walk starts at the Lookout Tower and carries on for three spectacular miles. The walk takes its walkers to the highest point of the gorge high above the Horseshoe Bend (a fantastic spot for a photo opportunity if ever there was one) before taking walkers down to Black Rock Gate.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eCheddar Gorge is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as well as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, so there are few walks with quite the same exhilarating scenery and geological significance. Make sure you take an extra layer of clothing on this walk \u0026ndash; even if it feels mild \u0026ndash; as once you slow down on the cliff tops you\u0026rsquo;ll feel the cold. Also, this may be a relatively short walk but walking boots are needed for this one as much of the way is rocky and can be muddy at times.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eLook out for the resident herd of goats that call the cliff tops home as they\u0026rsquo;re more important to the landscape than you might think. Without them feasting on the scrub the cliff-edge flowers and rare grassland that make the area so distinctive would be enveloped. Remember to keep your dog on the lead if you do this walk with your pet as much of the route follows cliff tops.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.283,"LocationLongitude":-2.76474,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/02/Cheddar Gorge 2.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"somerset/cheddar/cheddar-gorge-walk","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/02/Cheddar Gorge 2.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Strawberry Line","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe Strawberry Line Heritage Trail covers eight traffic-free miles of North Somerset, connecting the Mendip Hills to the Levels. The Strawberry Line was once part of the Great Western Railway and it was named after the famous strawberries that were transported on its trains from \u0026ndash; yes you guessed it \u0026ndash; Cheddar.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe line was closed in 1965 and now comprises a peaceful nature reserve that runs right through the heart of North Somerset. A team of volunteers maintain the walkway and there\u0026rsquo;s word of extending the route in the near future. Anyway, back to the walk and this one takes its walkers to Yatton, a mainline station with connections on to Weston-Super-Mare and Bristol. When The Strawberry Line was up and running passengers could take a branch line down to Cheddar.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eOne of the best things about walking The Strawberry Line is the way the route has been so heartily reclaimed by nature. 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