Sunday, August 20, 2006
More than just cheese, apparently.
Took a break from ogling the weirdos in Glastonbury and ended up here at Cheddar, in the Mendips. The highest part of this spectacular gorge is over 500ft making them the highest inland cliffs in Britain. Mad abseiling goats can be seen all over the sheer cliffs along with humans who have lost their marbles - I kept my feet fimly planted on the ancient riverbed, thank you.
Further down the gorge are the showcaves, cathedral-like caverns carved out over a million years by Ice Age meltwaters. The constant temperature of 11 degrees all year made them an ideal place to store the ripening cheese that was made in the valley below. Thankfully that doesn't happen today as I like my cheese without the added bat droppings!
The photo above shows The Three Sisters, one of the higest parts and was taken from the top of a tour bus with added zoom and a crick in the neck!