Beautiful woodland along the Strawberry Line
Cheddar Gorge

Cheddar

Cheddar, of course, is well known for giving its name to the famous Cheddar cheese and its strikingly natural feature known as Cheddar Gorge. The Gorge is a deep fissure cutting through the Mendip Hills and believed to have been formed some million years ago by the collapse of water courses in caverns beneath the hills. But what is probably not so well known is that a recently discovered Ice Age skeleton has, quite astonishingly, been linked to a present day person living in Cheddar through DNA testing.

Cheddar is both a vital link in the Strawberry Line path to Wells, and a desirable tourist destination centre. The path from Yatton to Cheddar currently terminates at Station Road, at the south-western end of the town, and the local Strawberry Line group is active in trying to finding an acceptable route through Cheddar to join the existing cycle path through Winchester Farm housing development to Labourham Drove.