Every year the National Trust host the renowned South West Outdoor Festival. As Somerset home birds ourselves, it’s become one of the highlights of the yearly calendar. This year is especially exciting as the National Trust has announced the festival will be taking place at Cheddar Gorge—right on ADAPT’s door step.
The festival provides a great opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers to come together and enjoy everything ‘wild.’ Previous years have been held across the South West, with last year’s festival taking place in Exmoor.
Discover some of the highlights of last year’s event:
According to the Trust, this year:
you will be able to test your endurance like never before, and then reward yourself with music, tales and ales in the evening. Create your own adventure with hiking, biking, endurance running, stargazing and more.
The National Trust have also teamed up with Cotswold Outdoor, Panasonic and the Mendip Hills AONB. As well as getting involved in the action, you’ll be able to discover all about the latest gear, products tips, and attend interactive discussions with local outdoor experts.
Cheddar is the perfect place for this year’s festival. Not only is its landscape breath taking, but the variety of terrain gives rise to a whole variety of sports. With the array of forests, fields and tracks, hiking and mountain biking is popular in the area. Likewise rock climbers flock to Cheddar for its array of climbing routes up of the gorge and abundance of caves.
Along side this due to the windy lanes, drifting on trikes and in cars has become an incredible popular activity amongst locals. While the sport is incredibly skillful, drifting has caused some issues in the community because of safety concerns. At ADAPT we certainly admire the skill of the drivers, but can’t warrant the risk they pose to on coming traffic. We’d definitely like to see the council hold special days to provide these tricksters and locals a safe playground.
Watch some drift trikers in action:
While drift triking certainly won’t be on the agenda at the festival, there will be plenty to entertain even the most novice adventurer. We can’t wait for this year’s event, especially as we only have to roll out of bed and we’re there.
Featured image of Cheddar Gorge. Photo: David Iliff