Thursday, 26 July 2012

Cheddar Camp & Cheddar Gorge - 23rd June 2012

We set off around 9ish, to relatively clear roads and weather. We did pack an awful lot. I don't do camping lightly apparently (tent, table, chairs, heater attachment for stove, stove, pans, pots, water carrier, small table, lights, lantern, washing up bowl and bits to go with it, massive airbed, pump, suitcase...etc etc).

Think we've packed enough?

We arrived at Cheddar Camp slightly dubious about out ability to find a dry patch after checking the weather and seeing that it had been raining non stop for two days before we arrived.

Tim jumped out at reception and we were led up to the top field by the owner and she pointed us in the direction of what she thought was a dry patch. It wasn’t. Although did manage to get one on the top of the hill which meant we had a beautiful view out over the Cheddar countryside.

CheddarCamp is a lovely site which comprises of two fields and a toilet block. There are no showers but they do allow camp fires, which seemed to us to be far more important than having a shower for the three nights that we were there.  

There is a bridleway running through the centre of the two fields, cordoned off by fences and not too busy at the weekend (photos below from a sunnier day!)

Cheddar camp, Cheddar Cheddar camp, Cheddar Cheddar camp, Cheddar Cheddar camp, Cheddar

The toilets are basic and there is no hot running water but this is explained when you book in. The only problem with the loos is my mortal fear of moths and the fact people kept leaving the lights on and the doors open. Pretty much my worst nightmare right there! 

Cheddar camp, Cheddar featuring ghost electricity box
Do you think the electric box looks like a boo from Mario or is it just me? 

The owners are friendly and helpful and at £5 per person per night you can’t complain. Logs for the campfires can be purchased for £3.50 per bag from reception.

We had the tent set up within half an hour (Tim’s first time of putting it up) and everything else we up and inside in the grand total of an hour.

Our friends showed up a little later and set up their tent, and then we decided to go down to Cheddar and have a wander about the gorge. Unfortunately we got there too late to go into the caves but we did have a wander up the road until it started throwing it down so we diverted to the local scrumpy shop and decided to fill up for what was going to be a very wet and windy evening.

We thought fish and chips would be good idea and picked some up before heading back to the camp.

Cheddar Gorge Cheddar Gorge Cheddar Gorge
Why is there always a one off scary child's shoe in these places?
Scrumpy time

By the time we got back the camp site was buzzing with life, a school trip and a fathers and toddlers group had taken up the majority of the back field and ours had a few more additions to it. The rain came down, more and more until the ground was ridiculously boggy but we were smugly in our tent all dry and with the heater on and scrumpy in hand.

Tim loves his scrumpy The night the rain didn't stop, Cheddar Our tent heater attachment

The wind howled and the rain  poured down and unfortunately for our friends their tent didn’t stand up to it, so one slept in the car, the other came and slept in our tent (after a lot of re-jigging…I did say we don’t pack light right?). It was a disturbed night’s sleep with the rain lashing at the side of the tent and it didn’t let up all night, but we were safe and sound in our super tent with the steel poles (I really did make the right choice!). It really was a case of go-to-sleep-as-fast-as-you-can-this-will-all-be-over-in-the-morning thoughts as I lay my head down and drifted off. 

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