If you are up for a physical challenge & seeking the thrill of adventure - this challenge is for you. Experience the excitement of ‘real’ caving deep inside the Mendip Hills, led by a British Caving Association trained Caving Leader, through a system of ‘wild’ caves beyond the well-lit caverns of Gough’s cave.
Cheddar Gorge is an England’s version of the Grand Canyon (of course to scale!), and the enchanting, twisting cleft in the Mendip Hills demands exploration. It was voted Britain’s second greatest natural wonder in a Radio Times poll and the country’s oldest skeleton was also found there, as was a popular type of cheese, of course.
What will we do?
We will be caving, hiking on a spectacular cliff top walk, visiting the famous wookey hole and the witch, learning about cheddar production and of course trying some local food. The detailed plan of the trip is below.
Included: two nights accommodation in a hostel in YHA Cheddar, breakfasts and packed lunches, caving on Saturday, Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company visit, a Cheddar Gorge hike.
Excluded: transport and dinners, optional wookey hole.
Early Bird: £149 applies if paid in full by end of March*
Sleepy Bird: £169 applies if paid in full by end of May*
Lazy Bird: £189 applies if paid in full from June*
* this means both parts, the deposit and the second payment; paypal fees are excluded
Please pay the deposit of £50 (+paypal fees) to confirm your place and the reminder of the money at your convenience, but no later than 3 weeks before the trip.
Caving: This is an introduction to the sport of Caving, suitable for both sexes of reasonable fitness. The minimum age is 11 years, the minimum height is 4’8” (142cm) and the maximum waist size is 40” (101.6cm).
Your journey begins at the ‘Black Cat’, a quarter of a mile inside one of Europe’s finest show caves. Then an easy climb to the Mushroom Chamber, crawl into Sand Chamber, lifeline down a 40ft steel ladder into Boulder Chamber, climb up to the Far Rift, emerge through April fool’s squeeze, clip into a wire traverse, crawl across the top of Boulder Chamber and then over the ‘Bottomless Pit’, before returning through Sand Chamber, to the tourist show cave again.
EQUIPMENT: We provide you with helmets, karabiners, caving lights, boiler suits & Wellington (rubber) boots. We suggest that you wear your old clothes (e.g. T-shirt & joggers)
Our unique safety features, including fixed ladders, an underground telephone, first aid supplies & ‘backup’ staff close by, make Cheddar Caves the perfect choice for your very first caving expedition.
Please note that while we can cater for vegetarians we are unable to cater for any complicated diets, so if your requirements are unusual or if you have sever allergies you will need to make sure you bring your own food.
Plan of the trip:
19:00-21:27-train from London Paddington to Weston Super Mare (not included)
10pm meeting in the hostel
08:30 am cooked breakfast
9:30 - 10 am getting to the caves
10am - 12:30 caving (included)
12:30 - 13:00 transfer to Wookey Hole (not included)
13:00 - 15:00 Wookey Hole tour (not included)
20:00 Dinner (not included)
08:30- cooked breakfast (included).
You will then be able to get your packed lunch ready for the day. You will have to be checked out of the hostel by the time you leave for the hike, but you will be able to leave your bags in storage room.
10:30 - 12:30 hiking (national trust trail) (included)
This is a moderate 4-mile (6km) route along paths. Several stiles and kissing gates, rough walking in sections and some steep climbs. Spectacular views and a varied community of specialised plants and wildlife, you’ll get the chance to spot on this exhilarating circular walk.
13:00-visit in the Cheddar Cheese Company (included)
Dinner (not included)
17:01-19:27- train from Weston Super Mare to London Paddington (not included) .