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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everything here is really nice except that you can do it all in about 3 or 4 hours.
However you get no choice at all except to buy a full day ticket to park. So if you are only intending to stay for an hour or two it becomes a total rip-off.
5 GBP was just plain greedy.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank DavidSomerfield
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Reviewed September 12, 2019 via mobile

Beautiful Cheddar Gorge
What more is there to say??!!
Two caves to visit, and SO many little shops.
If you drive on through the Gorge, there are other Parking Spots were you can see the Gorge in ALL Its glory!!!! Whatever the weather.
You can climb parts of the Gorge, as long as you are very careful because of falling rocks
Main drawback is...In ALL the Car Parks in the town we visited, its £5 for All Day Parking, the ONLY trouble with that is, you can visit the whole town in a little over two hours.
So you are paying for nothing really.
Another rip off that seems to be creeping around the country at a rapid pace.
Basically just a money grab

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank moondragon69
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Reviewed September 8, 2019 via mobile

We had a pleasurable few hours at Cheddar, we were lucky to drop on the food fair.
Lots of lovely stalls selling an eclectic mix of local foods.
There is a large selection of shops & cafes as well as the cave visits.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank robertbR7203UC
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Reviewed September 8, 2019

The walk through Cheddar village was very pleasant. Lots of interesting sights and plenty of cafes for refreshments. Good weather is preferred for the sightseeing

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Tony23982255
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Reviewed September 2, 2019

This is a 5km circular walk. You can start it by going anti-clockwise - paying £5.50 to walk up Jacob's Ladder Steps and to access the Tower. But if you go the other way, you can go up the tower and down Jacob's ladder for free....!!!

Stood outside the National Trust Shop, at the 10 o'clock position on the other side of the road, there's a stony path, after 20m or so there's a sign post off to the right - follow the red arrow. It's pretty steep and, although it was dry when we went, it's easy to see it could get muddy in slightly wetter weather. WEAR WALKING SHOES! Or at least trainers. It's a bit rocky and very hilly, especially at the start. There are some very nice views of the Gorge and limited view down the valley from this side, albeit a restricted by woodland.

The route is really easy to follow, well worn footpaths and clear red arrow sign posts.

At the halfway point, the footpath crosses the road. It would be possible to walk back down the road from there but persevere, the walk up the other hillside isn't so bad if it's taken steadily. As it opens out this is where the view across the valley, as far as Weston-Super-Mare can really be appreciated. It really is spectacular. And if you take the walk from Jacob's Ladder, that view is to your back the entire way. Much better to walk towards it. We carefully walked near to the edge and it's pretty sheer - keep hold of young ones!

Coming down the hill - again, very carefully due to the rocky path - you reach the tower which is actually free to go up. We didn't as there were lots of kids just hovering at the top but the view can't have been any better than that at the top of the plateau.

There is a £20 adult ticket that also gets you into the caves & museums, or a £55 family ticket so if you intend doing them all, it may be reasonable value, if not, just stick with the clockwise route. If you can't do the whole circuit, then I suppose the Jacob's ladder route at least gets you to the plateau without the effort of the longer walk

Even though it's only 5km, it takes 2 - 2.5 hours, you'll be wanting to stop to enjoy the view.

Kids 8+ should be able to do the whole route - although I did see a few grumbling teenagers :-)

Take water - you might need it on a warm day

Take a picnic - it's lovely on the top of the plateau!

Date of experience: August 2019
4  Thank c_navaros
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