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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.

Outdoor adventurers © National Trust/John Millar

Outdoor adventurers

50 Things activity days at Cheddar Gorge

If you’re looking for some great places for exploring, then look no further.

Our rangers have planned two days during the summer holidays packed full of outdoor fun - from hunting for bugs, to getting messy creating some wild art.

Book a place on either 7 or 14 August at Cheddar Gorge by ringing Nicola on 01278 751874. Tickets cost £5 per child, accompanying adults go for free. Spaces are limited and will fill up quickly and the event will start at the National Trust shop.

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.

Travelling museum

Make sure you visit the National Trust shop at Cheddar on 3 August to take a look at artist Alice Maddicott's installation - a museum in her car.

Commissioned by Somerset Art Works, custom-built curiosity cabinets will house a collection of souvenirs and old photographs.

You are invited to bring along items to add to the collection and contribute to the evolving collaborative poetic "travelogue" about the people, places and the secret, imagined or real stories of the objects.