The Best Hiking Practice
Cheddar Gorge is one of UK’s secret (not so secret) wonders. In my opinion, it is the best hiking practice that the South UK has to offer. It is easily accessible to everyone, especially in the South West being located south of Bristol.
It’s an ideal location for anyone strapped for time or fuel money and can’t make it to Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia, Lake District National Parks or Scotland.
Cheddar Gorge offers beautiful and stunning views across and all the way out to the sea. Using the National Trust’s directions, it was also a super easy to follow. Parking can be difficult at peak times, but here’s a top tip: go mid-late afternoon. You will bypass a lot of the traffic which means more parking and less traffic on the route. The top is west facing, which means some of the most gorgeous sunsets, and a short walk (and a few hundred steps) to finish the walk back on the street below.
The only downside? I’m yet to go to one of the cute coffee shops before they close!
The walk begins with a sharp and long ascent, takes you over some Norwegian Flat terrain (basically: not flat), down on to the road and then back up the other side on a longer, less steep ascent to the highest point on the gorge.
It is the best hike in the area to make you feel worked, and take your breathe away on two counts: the elevation and sunset.
Not Just Hiking
If you’re interested, the area also provides so much more than hiking. You can do rock climbing, explore the caves, or simply be a tourist in the town of Cheddar.
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