Cheddar Mendip Heights Camping and Caravanning Club Site is located next to Priddy, a little village which lies in a small hollow near the summit of the Mendip Hills, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is a sweet village with a tiny school and lovely old church dating back to the 1300s, a pub and a farm shop.
Cheddar Mendip Heights Camping and Caravanning Club Site is fairly small has a mixture of grass and hardstanding pitches. Some of them may be on a slight slope so the Camping and Caravanning Club Site recommends bringing chocks with you, but we didn’t need them. At the toilet block there are excellent shower and toilet facilities, a washing up area, washing machine, tumble drier, pay phone and tourist information.
Also on site there is a children’s play area and the usual water points, electric hook-up and waste disposal points. We found our EE mobile phones didn’t get any signal at all on site but fortunately there is good Wi-Fi available (for an extra charge). There are also two well-equipped holiday caravans for hire, each sleeping up to six people.
Nearby to Cheddar Mendip Heights Camping and Caravanning Club Site is the spectacular Cheddar Gorge where we decided to do another Treasure Trail which you can read about here. The trail actually took us away from the rock faces and into the town. It was really interesting and not something we’d have done otherwise, but are glad we did. However it is the gorge itself that is the main tourist attraction along with the famous cheddar cheese made in the caves there. We didn’t have time to go to the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company but the visitor centre is where you can watch cheese being made daily.
Bath is around 20 miles away so we decided to go up there for our last day. Unfortunately we didn’t plan ahead, deciding to just go with the flow. If you are thinking of doing a trip to Bath it’s worth booking tickets in advance for the Roman Baths if you wish to explore there as the queue was enormous! Also in the centre is Bath Abbey which is simply stunning. We spent a few hours looking around but we weren’t enjoying the city we as much as we expected so we decided to see if there were any castles nearby to explore.
We found out about Farleigh Hungerford Castle which was 6 miles away roughly in the direction we were heading back. What a fab detour this turned out to be! Farleigh Hungerford Castle is a medieval castle owned by English Heritage. As members it allowed us free entry and free use of the audio tour. It was surprisingly quiet at the time we visited so we spent ages looking around guided by the audio tour. The castle certainly has a colourful (and at times grim) past with previous inhabitants enjoying lavish and extravagant lifestyles, falling out with royalty, and even commiting murder! Did you know the family crypt houses what is regarded by some as the best collection of lead coffins in the country? There is also a 14 foot, 600 year old mural of St George in the chapel that was found under plaster during restoration work.
But back to the Cheddar Mendip Heights Camping and Caravanning Club Site! It’s fair to say that after a short but really enjoyable stay Cheddar Mendip Heights Camping and Caravanning Club Site has now got a place in our hearts. The weather had improved from previous sites on our tour and it felt safe for our kids to run about and play. The children made lots of nice little friends there which always helps.
I loved the fact the Cheddar Mendip Heights Camping and Caravanning Club Site was bordered with dry stone walls interspersed with trees. You could see and hear the cows mooing in the next field and there were decent walks for our dog in the surrounding area. The site shop is well-stocked and licensed, and sells some local produce. We enjoyed fresh croissants from there in the mornings! Being tucked away in the Somerset countryside made the site a bit of a trek to get to with the caravan, but that added to the feeling of peace and quiet and ultimately total relaxation. I can safely say Cheddar Mendip Heights Club Site is on our list of places to revisit.