Why risk life and limb by chasing a giant truckle of cheese down an almost vertical grassy hill?
Why not, reply the good folk of Brockworth and some 4,000 spectators who flock to Cooper’s Hill in Gloucestershire every year to watch competitive cheese rolling. In fact, the traditional and hotly contested event appears to have been cancelled just three times in the past 100 years, continuing through the Second World War and food rationing.
In a series of races, daredevil participants hurtle down the hill after an 8lb Double Gloucester cheese for no other prize than the cheese itself and the glory of winning one of Britain’s wackiest contests. cheese-rolling.co.uk
The Cotswold escarpment at Cooper’s Hill offers some of the best cheese-rolling habitat in the UK