The Mendips' is a stunning area that ranges from the Wiltshire border in the east to the west part of the Somerset Levels. Several explanations for the name "Mendip" have been suggested, from the medieval term "Myne-deepes", to the Celtic monith which means mountain or hill. The alternative explanation is that the name is cognate with Mened which is a Brythonic term for upland moorland. Whatever the explanation one thing is certain, the Mendips truly is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
In the heart of the Mendips' Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the 1,000 acres of Cheddar Gorge Collection stretch along Cheddar Gorge. From your tent are views sweeping and stunning and walks vigorous and varied. Don't miss meeting and feeding the sheep, goats, and chickens too!
For a trip out to the beach, Weston-super-Mare is only a half hour away. If you feel like exploring, try the stunning 45-minute valley walk to Cheddar. Visit the home of its last cheese producer, the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company. Glastonbury, in Arthurian legend the island of Avalon (30 mins away), while beautiful Bath and buzzing Bristol are close by too.
Eat your heart out, as the Mendips' offers plenty of exploring for outdoor lovers. Head out into the Limestone canyon with caves and trails that is Cheddar Gorge. Admire the large man-made lake of Chew Valley Lake and go bird watching. Simply take in the special landscape of panoramic views, wilderness and tranquility of the Quantock Hills.
A highly recommend adventure for the little ones would certainly be the Wookey Hole Caves! Wookey Hole Caves is a series of limestone caverns, a show cave and a tourist attraction in the village of Wookey Hole on the south edge of the Mendip Hills.