The cheese is now more famous than the town that gave it its name, but beautiful Cheddar in Somerset remains a one-of-a-kind destination; worthy of any camping holiday. The beautiful Cheddar Gorge – a limestone gorge in the Mendip Hills – is one of the top-rated rock-climbing destinations in the South West, while historical and natural attractions also abound. The surrounding countryside and the Mendip Hills are home to plenty of good camping and glamping sites, the best of which make it onto our prized Hipcamp shortlist.
Cheddar Gorge is one of the most spectacular and best-known landmarks in England. It’s a magnet for walkers, climbers, cavers and sightseers therefore it should come as no surprise that camping and glamping are popular ways to stay here. The Hipcamp travel experts have looked high up in the famous Mendip Hills and way down in the valleys for the very best camping and glamping in Cheddar and its surroundings. Our kind of campsites are independent ones with personality and charm; sometimes they offer nothing more than a patch of grass and basic facilities and sometimes it’s luxury akin to a boutique hotel offered up in a yurt, safari tent, treehouse or tipi. Cheddar is a rich area for camping and glamping sites thanks to both the spectacular setting and its location close to some of Somerset’s other best-loved locations – not to mention the cheese!
You don’t have to use too much imagination to think of the most popular things to do in Cheddar. Firstly, there’s saying cheese at the gorge and then there’s gorging yourself on cheese! The gorge is one of Somerset’s best-known landmarks and a ticket to visit the tourist attraction that’s built up around it includes entrance to Gough’s Cave where Cheddar man, the oldest complete skeleton in Britain was discovered, entry to the Museum of Prehistory and access to a three-mile cliff-top walk around the top of the gorge. The village of cheddar is at the lower end of the gorge. It's here that you’ll find the Cheddar Gorge Company, where you can learn all about the cheese-making process for Britain’s best-loved cheese.
The soaring Cheddar gorge walls reach 400 feet in places and the show caves are just a taste of what lies beneath the Mendips, making climbing and caving popular activities here. There are plenty of outdoor pursuits companies in the area to show you how to make the most of the opportunities. Walking, cycling and horseriding are also good ways to enjoy the landscape and terrain. Another show cave and more family-friendly attractions can be found at nearby Wookey Hole. Further afield, Wells, Glastonbury, Longleat Safari Park and Bath are all within an hour’s drive and easily visited on days out during a camping or Glamping Holiday in Cheddar.
The cheese is now more famous than the town that gave it its name but beautiful Cheddar in Somerset remains a one-of-a-kind destination and worthy of any camping holiday. The surrounding countryside and the Mendip Hills are awash with good campsites, the best of which make it onto our prized Hipcamp shortlist.