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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.

Please be aware that the National Trust do not own the caves at Cheddar Gorge or any of the car parking. 

Discover the fort at Brean Down in a whole new light © Jim Elliott

Discover the fort at Brean Down in a whole new light

Sense of Place at Brean Down

Explore the history and story of Brean Down fort at an exhibition in the old fort buildings every Thursday - Sunday, for the duration of Somerset Art Week (3 - 18 October). 

A collection of artists offer their interpretation of the buildings and wider countryside. The artists will be holding a Big Draw Workshop at the fort on the 11 Oct as part of the Big Draw Festival. Free workshops are also being held by the Raw Foundation at Brean Down café on reducing your plastic footprint. 

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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.

For any more information or for things to look out for on your walk, speak to the friendly staff in the shop who know a great deal about the local area.

Walkers are Welcome

What will you discover on a walk?

What will you discover on a walk?

Did you know that 'Walkers are Welcome' recently accredited Cheddar as a special destination for walkers?

The network supports towns and villages to provide a special offer to walkers through a variety of means, including; encouraging top quality information on local walks, ensuring that footpaths and facilities for walkers are maintained, improved and well signposted and promoting the health benefits of walking.

The 'Walkers are Welcome' website is packed full of information for walkers and has 7 downloadable walks in Cheddar for you to try.