Tag: Cheddar Gorge

January – Caving at Cheddar Gorge

Hello! Today was the day that we completed our first challenge for Children In Need. We left at around 8:45 to make the two hour drive down to Cheddar in Somerset:

On our drive down to Cheddar we drove past Stone Henge! It is fascinating to wonder how they actually got those stones up there. For anyone who does not know what Stone Henge is (well you never know who could be reading!) here is a lovely little picture thanks to English Heritage:

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Cheddar Gorge is located in Somerset and it is where Cheddar cheese comes from! After seeing all the  cheese lined up in the caves we now know exactly what they mean by cave-aged cheddar!!

Once we got to Cheddar we were a bit early so got to have a look around. There are so many traditional and old shops including the one below which did wooden carvings and had this lovely little selection of ducks in boots!!

After our little wander around Cheddar it was time to go get suited and booted ready to go caving. The caving we had signed up for was the X-treme caving adventure which you can check out by clicking here.

You are led ¼ mile, past the admiring tourists in Gough’s Cave to start your Level 2 multi-pitch caving expedition. You switch on your head lamp for the easy climb to the Mushroom Chamber, crawl into Sand Chamber, use a lifeline down a 40ft steel ladder into the Boulder Chamber, then climb up the Far Rift.

You emerge through April Fool’s Squeeze, clip onto a wire traverse and crawl across The Bottomless Pit, then slip headfirst through The Letterbox, before returning to the Sand Chamber on your way out – muddy, but proud!

As we were not able to take our phones into the cave through fear of breaking them we did a video before we entered the cave. Nerves were definitely setting in as either of us had done anything like this before. It is a strange sort of nerves because as discussed in the video above it is hard to know that something scares you if you have never experienced anything like it before, in this instance claustrophobia. Having never been trapped in a small space before it is hard to know if small spaces scare you so the fear was more a fear of being fearful and the unknown!

Here are our delightful caving clothes before we entered the caves! We thought it was going to be really cold in the caves but it turns out it was actually quite the opposite! We were actually very grateful for these outfits as we really did get covered in mud from head to foot!

Once we were suitability dressed we made our way to the cave. Nerves by this point were off the scale. We plodded along in our boots past the tourists and to the entrance of the bit of the cave we were going to explore. The lovely man in the middle there was our X-treme caving instructor called George. How this man managed to put up with the pair of us in a cave underground for nearly 2 hours we have no idea. While we were crawling, climbing, slipping and sliding our way through the cave he was sailing through making it look really effortless and giving us all the interesting facts and history about the caves at the same time. We quickly found out that caving was no where near as effortless as George made it seem. One of the hardest decisions for each section of the cave was whether to go feet first or head first! This along with the decision to try and crawl through like a worm or shuffle through like an upside down tortoise. Turns out shuffling through a gap which is only ever so slightly bigger than you are is not very easy and we both managed to get ourselves well and truly stuck on several occasions. However when the only option you have is to get yourself out then you somehow find some sort of strength or some sort of flexibility that you never knew you had. The 40 foot ladder was a bit of a challenge but we managed it! We are very proud to say that both of us conquered the letter box which was a tiny gap between the rocks that we had to crawl face first down and post ourselves through and crawl through the gap in the rock and out the other side. Sam may have made the mistake of going feet first and got a little bit stuck, but we will gloss over this bit. The bottomless pit for us was probably the most terrifying part. We had to crawl across the rocks at the top of the pit and then across a ladder/ledge that was laid across the pit. After just under two hours of caving we were at the end of the experience and  made our way back to the entrance of the cave very very muddy!

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For our challenges we wanted to do things that either scared us or pushed us. This one definitely did both. We are bruised, achy, muddy and look like we’ve had a lovely little bit of fake tan!

If this is ever something you have considered doing then we would tell you to go do it! It is terrifying but so worth it in every way. We never thought that we could do something like this and surprised ourselves!

Thank You so much to George and the team at Cheddar Gorge for such a brilliant day! A massive thanks to George for ensuring we got through the cave safely, and for putting up with us two for 2 hours of your day! You were a brilliant instructor and we really enjoyed our day!

We are currently on £111 raised for BBC Children In Need. Please visit our just giving page by clicking here. Every donation will make such a difference and is for a really good cause.

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~Sam & Jenna

1 week to go!

1 week until caving at Cheddar Gorge! 

Very excited and a little nervous for our first Children In Need Challenge. Judging how the weather has been so far this month it is going to be very very cold in that cave!!

 Thank You for your donations and sponsorship so far, we are very proud to say that we have raised £106 for Children In Need already.

If you guys could help us out by giving our posts a like, share, tweet, subscription as you scroll past that would make such a difference in terms of getting our challenge out there and hopefully raising a whole lot more for Pudsey! 

On a completely unrelated note, while looking for the pic of Pudsey I stumbled across the Town of Pudsey which is in Yorkshire! A trip to Pudsey might be needed! All these years of Children In Need fundraising and no idea that this town existed.

“During the Industrial Revolution Pudsey was one of the most polluted areas of the UK due to its position in a slight valley between the two industrial cities of Leeds and Bradford. As a result, whichever way the wind blew Pudsey became covered in thick soot. The temperature inversion created by the valley led to the soot becoming trapped leading to dense smogs. This is believed to have led to jokes that pigeons in Pudsey Park flew backwards in order to keep the soot out of their eyes.” 

Courtesy of Wikipedia 😝

So yeah, thank you for your support and we will be back in a few days with some more info on what we’re doing on Saturday! 

Pinky & Perky’s CIN Challenge 2017

Pinky & Perky’s CIN Challenge 2017

Hello,

We are Jenna & Sam and we have set ourselves 12 challenges over the course of 2017 to raise as much money as we possibly can for BBC Children In Need.

We have created this site to follow our journey over the next year and to blog about our various adventures.

You can see our introduction video below

Our Challenges so far are:

January – Caving at Cheddar Gorge
February – O2 Climb
March – 24 Hour Sleep Out
April – Pinky and Perky Canoe the Thames
May – Zip Wiring
June – Gung Ho!
July – Zorbing
August – Unit Challenge
September – The Colour Run
October – The Zombie Run
November – Pudsey Onesie Challenge
December – The Grimm Challenge

You can also Click Here to view our list of events for the year.

Neither of us are particularly fit and we have never done anything like this before so we are both nervous and excited to see how the next year is going to go. We have set up a YouTube Channel to run with our blog and a Just Giving page to try and raise as much money as we possibly can!

Click Here to Visit our Just Giving Page
Click Here to Visit our YouTube Channel

We also have a Text Code!
Text “UCIN50 £5” to 70070 to donate £5
Text “UCIN50 £10” to 70070 to donate £10

Thank You for visiting our site, Lets Raise Lots!