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Discover the heights of Somerset's famous Cheddar Gorge

Cheddar Gorge is one of England's most iconic and spectacular landscapes. We are really proud to own the north side of this spectacular gorge and we hope that you will enjoy exploring it in a way that suits you.

At almost 400 feet deep and three miles long, this is England’s largest gorge, and with its weathered crags and pinnacles, one of our most spectacular natural sights. The gorge would have begun forming about one million years ago during the last Ice Age when water from melting glaciers formed a river, which over time started to carve into the limestone rock creating the steep cliffs you see today. The Cheddar Yeo River gradually made its way underground, creating the famous Cheddar Caves.

Large Blue butterfly at Collard Hill © Jim Elliott

Large Blue butterfly at Collard Hill

The Large Blue butterfly

The 2015 Large Blue butterfly season on nearby Collard Hill has begun.  

This beautiful, rare butterfly has been brought back from extinction in Britain by a group of experts.

Learn more about the brilliant Large Blue and find out what butterflies have been spotted so far via daily updates on our Large Blue Blog.

Are you ready for the 50 Things challenge?

50 Things adventures

50 Things adventures

We've put together a list of 50 of the ultimate outdoor activities you can do before you're 11¾ - from hunting for bugs to creating some wild art, pick up a 50 Things scrapbook from our shop. 

If you want to get stuck in even more then make sure you have a look at the 'things to see and do' page - our Rangers have planned two exciting 50 Things days at Cheddar Gorge on August 7 and August 14. 

Time to explore

Discover the fantastic wildlife and views at Cheddar Gorge for yourself by downloading our walk. The route begins and ends at the National Trust shop and information centre, and climbs up to the top of the gorge.