I grew up in Somerset, and I've been to Cheddar Gorge a few times, but it's got to be at least 20 years since I last went, and my memory isn't what it was. (Yes, I AM that old) Severe weather over the last couple of months has meant that there are road closures and damage, and the caves have been closed due to flooding during the really heavy rainfalls. Fortunately they were open for our visit, but I did call ahead to check.
|A roadside map of the Gorge.|
|Checking out the audioguide|
|One of many audioguide signs|
Gough's is a big cave, it goes almost half a mile into the cliffside (the cave actually stretches far further than that, but this is as far as the public can go in) with some amazing rock formations and pools. Think BIG. There are great big chambers, chimneys stretching up far into the dark, pools with stalagmites & stalactites, and a fabulous echo in the Diamond Chamber at the far end of your journey. This went down very well with Squeaky, who was getting a little freaked out being underground, but the echo soon perked her up.
|I get a bit arty with the camera.|
|A rare photo of me, on the blog!|
The final stretch of Cox's Cave is the Crystal Quest, a Tolkein-inspired underground adventure, where you get to help save the world from the evil Mordon and his dragon Thynngar. The guide explained some younger children can be a bit scared by this bit, and how we could bypass it if we wanted to, but we had a little look. It was a bit frightening for Squeaky, or had the potential to be, if we hadn't scooted past the scary bits before she had a chance to notice them. We saved the world though, so it can't all be bad!
|Ice cream, yum yum!|
And if you can't tell stalagmites from stalactites, tights fall down!!
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