Cheddar is a huge village as well as civil parish in the Sedgemoor area of the English county of Somerset. It is located on the southern side of the Mendip Hills, 9 miles (14 km) north-west of Wells. The civil parish consists of the districts of Nyland and also Bradley Cross. The church had a population of 5,755 in 2011 as well as a property of 8,592 acres (3,477 ha) as of 1961. Cheddar Gorge, on the north side of the town, is the largest gorge in the United Kingdom and also consists of numerous show caverns, including Gough's Cave. The gorge has actually been a centre of human negotiation since Neolithic times consisting of a Saxon palace. It has a pleasant climate and also offers an one-of-a-kind geological and biological atmosphere that has been acknowledged by the classification of several Sites of Special Scientific Interest. It is likewise the site of numerous sedimentary rock quarries. The town provided its name to Cheddar cheese and also has been a centre for strawberry growing. The crop was formerly delivered on the Cheddar Valley railway, which enclosed the late 1960s yet is now a cycle course. The village is currently a significant vacationer location with several cultural as well as neighborhood facilities, including the Cheddar Show Caves Museum. The village sustains a variety of community teams consisting of spiritual, sporting and also social organisations. Several of these are based on the site of The Kings of Wessex Academy, which is the largest instructional establishment.