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"Forget the caves, the best bit is driving up through the gorge itself. Horrible tourist trap though."
Maria, Chard, Somerset.
"Cheddar - the very name evokes vast round creamy blocks of the world famous cheese first produced here more than 800 years ago. Its other distinguishing feature is the well known Gorge - Britains largest. This is an area of huge archeological interest as here was found the UK's oldest complete skeleton. Cheddar is an area of outstanding natural beauty and a perfect base to explore this super area of South West England." - Albert
The deli and local shops are full of treasures, it's just a wonderful, magical place to relax and unwind - Susan
Staple Fitzpaine lies in the southern part of the county of Somerset, just five miles to the south of Taunton. It is a short drive from junction 25 of the M5 motorway, which gives easy access to the West Country, Wales and the South West of England. It is thought that the word Staple in the village name comes from the Old English word 'Stapol' meaning pillar or post. This is believed to refer to the 'Devil Stones', a collection of sandstone boulders, which were said to have been thrown by the Devil himself from Castle Neroche. The village is found within the picturesque Blackdown Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The hills are steeped in history dating back at least to the Iron Age, with many Iron Age Hill Fort sites in the area. There is a famous monument dedicated to the Duke of Wellington on Wellington Hill, commemorating his victory at the Battle of Waterloo. There are many fine walks and breathtaking views to be had for those in search of fresh air and inspiration. You can enjoy refreshment in the form of food and real ale at the Greyhound Inn at Staple Fitzpaine.
Wookey is a charming village on the banks of the Axe River, at the base of the Mendips in Somerset, home to thirteen hundred people. Just a couple of miles from the fascinating Cathedral city of Wells, the peppering of Somerset cottages, and the 12th Century church of St Mathews, is cloaked by stunning countryside, woodland and hills. An unwritten chapter of adventure is waiting, walkers can step out on the Monarch's Way, and Mendip Way, both of which journey through the village, and if that's not enough, there's always Glastonbury Tor with it's 14th Century tower. Artists and photographers will be hushed as they capture the magic of Burcott working Mill, or possibly the exhibits proudly on display at the Somerset Rural life Museum will be first choice. Architectural splendour is to be found at Vicars Close, a 14th Century street, and Wells Cathedral where breath stealing architecture commands the skyline, inside will bedazzle visitors with it's spectacular scissors vault, not forgetting the jousting Knights as they emerge on the Medieval clock, for the intrepid, and not so intrepid Explorers, it must be Wookey Hole Caves, shrouded in legend, and history with ethereal caverns and tales of witches and Dinosaurs... if more is wished for, it will be granted with Cheddar Caves and Gorge, or for the avid collector of shoes why not try the Shoe Museum for size.
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