Saturday, 27 August 2011

Cheddar Gorge and Caves

We've just got back from a little trip away. On Friday we went to Bristol and did some shopping. We also went to see 'Rise of Planet of the Apes' at the cinema and walked back to the Travelodge through a torrential downpour. The last time I got that wet with my clothes on was on a Disney ride.
Today we've been to Cheddar Gorge and Caves. The explorer ticket entry gets you in to several attractions. First we did Gough's Cave, named after the man to who discovered it and shown in the photo above. It's huge; the photo is only one little bit of it. There is an audio tour - you get to signs on the wall, push the number and listen to the commentary. Ellie wanted to do every single one. The rest of us skipped some. Caitlin looked worried every time the commentary mentioned the caves getting flooded, or being home to bats.
After a cup of tea we walked the 274 steps up to the look-out on top of the gorge. There were more steps to get to the top of the look-out. My legs are still aching now. We decided against doing the three mile walk around the top of the gorge. Our ticket for that bit are valid for ten years, so we may go back!
Then there was Cox's Cave and the Crystal Quest. This was a bit like the cave equivalent to the Haunted House at the fair. There was a story of elves and their evil enemies who needed to be defeated. Caitlin got even more worried and when a man jumped out at her in the dark she shrieked very loudly! The rest of us laughed.
We got an open top bus tour which lasted about 20 mins.
And we went into the Prehistoric Museum, did some archaeology in sand boxes, painted some cave paintings onto glass, saw some more skeletons to 'freak' Caitlin out, then came home. It was a lovely day out.

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