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The Cheddar Gorge

This huge limestone gorge is near the village of Cheddar in the Mendips. The gorge was formed by melt water more than a million years ago and is also riddled with cave systems including the famous Cheddar caves.

The Cheddar Gorge

Some of these caves are important archaeological sites and the remains of early humans including the Cheddar Man were found in them. The Cheddar Caves are open daily, the complex includes a museum of prehistory and guided tours art also offered.

At it's lowest depth the gorge measures 137 metres and the steep cliffs are home to a vast variety of wildlife including dormice, rare butterflies, reptiles and a flock of wild Soay sheep.

Cheddar gorge attracts a number of outdoor sports enthusiast and is popular with climbers and walkers alike.


Getting there
The Cheddar gorge is located close to the village of Cheddar and can be easily accessed by following the B3135 road which runs along the bottom of the gorge.
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