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From our depot, you can head to Banwell first which will take around two and half hours.
The village of Banwell is within easy driving distance of the seaside resort of Western-Super-Mare with it’s many tourist attractions. Close by we also have the beautiful cities of Bristol, Bath and Wells as well as many areas of outstanding natural beauty, all with easy access of the Motorway. The village itself has good facilities including shops, two pubs, restaurants and Stanley’s fish and chips
Get your Holiday started with Puxton Park all weather adventure park with soft play, aerial climbing and slides in 40 acres of countryside.
For the Cider lovers head down to Taunton and Sheppy’s master of Cider
Sheppy’s Cider has been at Bradford-on-Tone since 1917 offering a Butchers counter, Deli bakery counter, Orchard walks, Cider Shop and Heritage Museum. You can book a pitch at the Caravan club site, Cadeside Caravan Club Site This is a lovely site for peaceful stays with only 16 touring pitches and lovely views of the surrounding hills.
Why not spend a night in an Apple Orchard at Tanpits Farm This historic, family run Cider Farm has been set in idyllic and peaceful surroundings of the Somerset countryside for over 100 years.
Day 3 Heading to Cheddar Gorge
Cheddar caravan club site is situated on the very edge of Cheddar Village and boasts magnificent views of the Mendips and surrounding countryside, an absolute walker’s paradise. Amenities in the village include a variety of shops, pubs and takeaways. Cheddar Caves and Gorge and the famous Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company are all within easy walking distance of the caravan site.
What is Cheddar Gorge Famous for?
- The gorge is the site of the Cheddar show caves, where Britain’s oldest complete Human skeleton Cheddar Man estimated to be 9,000 years old, was found in 1903.
- Cheddar Gorge is the largest Gorge in the United Kingdom
- Flocks of feral sheep and goats live on the gorge
- You can visit the caves, go rock climbing visit the museum of prehistory or even an escape room so there is plenty to do here.
- Cheddar Gorge and the surrounding Mendip Hills are famed for their fairly short but geologically varied caves.
- Popular legend states that Cheddar cheese was discovered by accident, 800 years ago. Apparently, a milkmaid accidentally let a pail of milk that was being stored in the caves go bad, eventually turning into cheese. The locals liked the tanginess of the new cheese so much that they decided to make some more in the same way. Cheddar cheese as we know it was born. The caves’ constant temperature of 7 degrees provides the optimum temperature for cheese to mature. Cheese is matured in the same caves, in the same way, to this very day!
Take advantage of the B3135 road also known as Cliff Road. 14 miles (23km long) and includes 22 bends.
Cliff Road is one of Somerset’s most spectacular roads. It runs from the village of Cheddar, through the deep-sided Cheddar Gorge, to Green Ore and Oakhill.
Best Cheddar Gorge Walks.
- Cheddar Gorge cliff Top walk (circular walk 4 miles about 2 hours)
Pick up a map for £1 at the Cheddar Gorge National Trust office or print the directions here
- Jacobs Ladder walk.
This is a steep 274 step staircase leading to the top of gorge, from the top you can also climb a lookout tower for an even better view.
- Cheddar Reservoir walk
The cheddar reservoir is a lovely and accessible circular walk the begins right in the centre of Cheddar. See full directions and map here
Cheddar Village Shops
If you are looking to pick up gifts during your visit to Cheddar, there are over 30 independent shops selling a huge range of gift items. You can also shop for local produce including local beers, preserves, cider and cheese of course.
Day 4 Heading to Wells
Wells is the smallest city in England with about 12,000 inhabitants. It can call itself a city because of the famous 13th century Cathedral. It remains remarkably unspoilt, the narrow streets and an eclectic mix of building styles all reflect on the continuing development of the town throughout the ages.
If you have not heard of Wells you may recognise it under the name of Sandford! Yes, back into 2006, Wells was transformed for a few weeks into the village of Sandford from the blockbuster Film HOT FUZZ staring Simon Pegg.
Visit the The Crown an integral part of the film.
If you’re looking for something different to do, look no further than the Wells self-guided mystery themed Treasure Trail. Clear directions will lead you on a fascinating walk around the town, but the kids won’t realise they’re walking as they’ll be too busy searching for clues! Some clues are easy, others are trickier, so whether you’re 6 or 106, there’ll be something to challenge you.
There are many historic sites to see in Wells such as The Bishops Palace. This striking medieval palace has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years and continues to play a pivotal part in the community. This location offers you the chance to wander among acres of gardens including its Garden of Reflection and the Community Garden. Its unique moat and impressive gate house are also spectacular sights to see on your visit.
After a day discovering the delights of this beautiful location, opting for a scrumptious meal out is a perfect way to end the day. Wells has a plentiful selection of places to dine out and you’ll be spoilt for choice on traditional or fine dining options.
Places to stay in and around Cheddar Gorge & Wells
Day 5 Bath
1 hour drive from Wells. On the way to Bath you could visit The Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust.
Arriving at Bath you won’t have to look far for things to do as the city is famously full of attractions and amenities.
The pretty spa town of Bath is oozing with history, from the Roman baths (of course) to its grand Georgian houses, parks and sweeping crescents, timeless attractions and Victorian gothic structures. Bath’s natural hot springs are what the city is most famous for, but it also has a fantastic cultural scene with plenty of theatre, music, comedy, art and more.
Places to stay around Bath
Set in an idyllic spot less than two miles from the centre of Bath and the edge of the Cotswolds
This small and friendly campsite is well based for Bath, but also in easy reach of Bristol, Wells and Cheddar.
The site is just 4 miles from the Georgian city of Bath and 3 miles from the picturesque Saxon town of Bradford-on-Avon. Some of the other interesting places to visit from this camping park include Lacock, Longleat, Cheddar Gorge and Stonehenge.
Heading back to Leicester from Bath should take around 2 half hours.