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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. 

Brean Down Challenge

Test yourself against the Brean Down Challenge

Test yourself against the Brean Down Challenge

Are you eager to pull on your running shoes and take on your next challenge? 

Head to Brean Down on Sunday 13 September to feel the sea air in your lungs and to stretch your legs. 

Aspire Running Events have created 5 and 10k races heading up to the top of the Down, along to the fort and back to the finish.

Apple picking

Help the rangers collect this year's apple harvest, learn all about the different varieties in the orchard and try out some apple-themed activities with Somerset's Rural Life Museum.

Meet in Avalon Orchard, which will be signposted from both main entrances to the Tor.

Bring along the whole family for some seasonal fun outside. 

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.

Kite festival

Try kite flying at Brean Down beach.

Try kite flying at Brean Down beach.

Join in and celebrate this wonderful past time on the beach at Brean Down. 

Enjoy flying tips from kite enthusiasts and bring your own kite to help paint the sky with colour on Sunday 27 September. 

Why not stay for lunch in the Cove Café and treat yourself to an ice-cream from the Marshfields Ice-cream bar in the shop? 

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