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January 24-26 CHEDDAR GORGE, Hiking and Caving

  • Jan 24, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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Join us on all inclusive with home made hearty meals winter hiking and caving weekend!

This is a very special treat trip.

We have got great hikes planned, caving or just visiting caves, and

visiting Cheddar Gorge Cheese factory.

The area has been a destination of travelers and holidaymakers for centuries, each one curious to view the magnificent limestone gorge carved into the southern slopes of the Mendip hills above the village of Cheddar.

Reaching 500 feet in places, the sides of the ravine boast the highest inland cliffs in the country and can be viewed both from the public road running through the base of the gorge or from footpaths along the cliff tops. At the lower end of the gorge, closest to the village are riverside walks, tea rooms and gift shops and the famous Showcaves, a series of labyrinthine underground chambers accessible to the public.

Cheddar cheese is known throughout the world, its manufacture originating at farms in the region. You can watch traditional Cheddar cheese making at the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company in the lower Gorge.

There are many stories (some more believable than others) about how Cheddar cheese originally came into being, but some facts are not in doubt. The land around the village of Cheddar has been at the centre of England's dairy industry since at least the 15th Century with the earliest references to Cheddar Cheese dating from 1170.

The constant temperature of neighboring Wookey Hole Caves, a natural limestone cave carved into the British hillside, provides the ideal setting for maturing cheese. The temperature remains steady at 11 °C (52 F).

The cheddar is made with farm-fresh milk from local cows and then wrapped in cheese cloth. It's then taken deep into the heart of the caves and left to mature for six months, during which time it's regularly tested.


Cheddar Caves, inhabited by our ancestors up to 40,000 years ago, were discovered by Messrs Gough & Cox, enterprising Victorian showmen, and are world famous for their spectacular stalactite and stalagmite decorations, whose beautiful colours are mirrored in pools of water. Easy-to-use audio-guides in English, French and German tell the story of the caves’ formation and discovery.

These caves also fired the imagination of JRR Tolkien, author of the trilogy “Lord of the Rings”, on his honeymoon visit in 1916. “The Crystal Quest”, our own dark-walk fantasy adventure, creates a similar world of elven magic and bold adventure underground – because everyone knows that dragons live in caves…..


The Mendip hills are a great center for walking, riding, adventure activities and outdoor pursuits, particularly caving and climbing. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the limestone plateau is noted for its landscape beauty and wildlife.


We rented 3 star YHA Cheddar privately for two nights just for our group.


The modernised Victorian house sits in the village below the dramatic gorge that has the highest limestone cliffs in England. There’s an exciting underground world to discover in Cheddar’s incredible caves and Wookey Hole, just six miles away.

This is the trip for any weather.

We are going to have at least 2 hike leaders on this trip.

The walks/hikes will be planned according our abilities, fitness and the weather. Every day there will be 2 hikes on offer to choose from. The route decisions will be made on the day before or in the morning on the day.

We can not tell you the plans now, a lot depends on the weather.

Price of £106 includes:

2 nights accommodation,

Financial Consumer Protection according Package Holidays and Tours Regulations 1992,

guided hikes by Mountain Leader trained at Plas Y Brenin ( The National Mountain Centre ) guides, and certified First Aiders

and all meals


(AAA aims for home-made healthy food, catered for vegetarians, vegans and anybody else. Meat we use for our meals is always Halal)


but NOT transport.


After you RSVP yes, to secure your place you will need to make a bank transfer of £106 to

Account Name: AAA LG

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Everyone in the group has to obtain appropriate insurance.

The BMC:

offer excellent policies for all outdoor enthusiasts at competitive rates.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Misha, thanks to u and all the hikers for an enjoyable first hiking weekend! Special thanks to Richard for bringing us all back home safely! Will hopefully see u soon for more adventures! X

    January 28, 2014

  • Marwa

    Thanks Misha! It was a great first experience with the group and enjoyed meeting everyone.

    January 28, 2014

  • Mo

    Thanks all, it was so amazing, best group. The food was out of this world. who finished the Banana Cake at the end?? The taste was so good I still remember it :P should have taken a photo hehe

    January 27, 2014

  • Andrea

    another fantastic trip, thanks Misha :-) also to Richard for driving us and to Aleks for feeding us. great bunch of people as always :-)

    January 27, 2014

  • Ahmed E.

    I am still wondering who made the cheese salad ? it was perfect :)

    1 · January 27, 2014

  • Elena P

    Great trip!!!!!!!

    1 · January 27, 2014

  • Brian

    Another wonderful weekend with great food and great people. Thanks for organising it Misha and Alex!

    1 · January 27, 2014

  • Sean

    Fantastic weekend, thanks!

    1 · January 27, 2014

  • Sydney


    2 · January 27, 2014

  • Elmer

    Thanks Misha and all hikers for great weekend away

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Shazad J.

    Kudos to Misha and thanks to every body else for making this weekend one to remember!!

    2 · January 26, 2014

  • richard g.

    Great weekend as always.can't wait for the next one.see you soon :)

    2 · January 26, 2014


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    September 1, 2013

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