Show on map How to get. Within the tunnel the central surface has been paved with tarmac but it is unlit except for a central guide line of small guide lamps. [102] Fairlands Middle School, a middle school categorised as a middle-deemed-secondary school, has 510 pupils between 9 and 13. After Winscombe the line continues south to Shute Shelve Tunnel, which cuts underneath Shute Shelve Hill. [1][2], Inhabitants of Shepton Mallet saw that a branch line to the WS&WR (now GWR) line was feasible, and a provisional East Somerset Railway Company was formed at a meeting on 29 September 1855. The output in 2005 was around 4,000 tonnes of limestone per day, one third of which was supplied to an on-site lime kiln, which closed in 2009;[58] the remainder was sold as coated or dusted aggregates. Cheddar Reservoir is a near-circular artificial reservoir operated by Bristol Water. "Cheddar Valley" is a popular name for a rural area of Somerset at the foot of the escarpment of the Mendip Hills. [17] The parish was part of the Winterstoke Hundred. About 8–15 days of snowfall per year is typical. The Cheddar Valley line survived until the "Beeching Axe". [36] Sedgemoor is responsible for local planning and building control, local roads, council housing, environmental health, markets and fairs, refuse collection and recycling, cemeteries and crematoria, leisure services, parks, and tourism. [41] Cheddar also has a friendship link with Ocho Rios in Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica. The village gave its name to Cheddar cheese,[65] which is the most popular type of cheese in the United Kingdom. The Somerset Central was taking steps to become independent of the B&ER, mixing the gauge of its track and acquiring its own rolling stock. It ran from Yatton railway station through Cheddar to Wells (Tucker Street) railway station and joined the East Somerset Railway to make a through route via Shepton Mallet (High Street) railway station to Witham. It closed in 1963. Conservation matters (including trees and listed buildings) and environmental issues are also the responsibility of the council. A ceremonial opening of the line took place on 28 February 1862, and the public opening was next day, 1 March 1862. Cheese – of course, and the incredible 450-foot high gorge which dominates the surrounding landscape. In den Höhlen der Cheddar Gorge wurden Belege dafür gefunden, dass die Gegend schon 11.000 vor Christus bewohnt war. The Cheddar Valley line was a railway line in Somerset, England, running between Yatton and Witham. The parish council evaluates local planning applications and works with the police, district council officers, and neighbourhood watch groups on matters of crime, security, and traffic. Musician Jack Bessant, the bass guitarist with the band Reef grew up on his parents' strawberry farm,[79] and Matt Goss and Luke Goss, former members of Bros, lived in Cheddar for nine months as children. [116] Cheddar Lawn Tennis Club, was formed in 1924,[117] and play in the North Somerset League and also has social tennis and coaching. The summer months of July and August are the warmest with mean daily maxima of approximately 21 °C (69.8 °F). GWR trains ran through the Priory Road S&DJR station without stopping. "[11], In fact in 1874 when the B&ER Yatton line was still broad but the GWR former ESR line was narrow, an exchange platform was built by the B&ER at the East Somerset station, but sanction to run passenger trains through was again refused by Colonel Yolland; this was partly due to anticipated blockage of the turnpike road (Priory Road) by ESR engines running round their trains. The City of Wells had anticipated a rail connection from the Somerset Central Railway, which had opened from Glastonbury to Highbridge in 1854; the Somerset Central main line was to have passed through the City, but the railway's priorities had changed and even a branch connection was much delayed. [89][90] By 2002, the cross had been rebuilt and the area around it was redesigned to protect and enhance its appearance. The Somerset Central had intended making a branch from Wells to Yatton, joining the B&ER main line there, and including the formation of the direct connection to the East Somerset line at Wells, and a spur there to enable direct running from Glastonbury to Bristol. Nutritional … For those who like oak-aged cider medium dry, our cidermakers choose apples including Tremlett’s Bitter for its tannins, while Dabinett brings a rich, full body. Evidence for Variscan orogeny is seen in the sheared rock and cleaved shales. Most of the rainfall in autumn and winter is caused by the Atlantic depressions, which are most active during those seasons. [111] In 2010 a skatepark was built in the village,[112] funded by the Cheddar Local Action Team. [88] The Somerset & Dorset Railway took over the project, obtaining the necessary Act of Parliament on 14 July 1864 for the Cheddar Valley and Yatton Railway. [10], It appears that from the beginning the desired track had been laid; when Board of Trade sanction to open it was refused, the Somerset and Dorset company nonetheless charged the B&ER for the agreed rental charge. [62] In December 1998 there were 20 days without sun recorded at Yeovilton. It was originally contemplated that the line would make a direct connection with the East Somerset line, but this did not take place. Her first school was located in a 17th-century house. Im Jahr 1130 bezeichnete ein zeitgenössischer Autor die Schlucht wegen ihrer landschaftlichen Schönheit als eines d… [92][93] The short sections at Wells (East Somerset to Wells S&D, and Wells S&D to Tucker Street) were worked on a no-staff system using GWR instruments. It became known as The Strawberry Line because of the large volume of locally-grown strawberries that it carried.