Things to see and do at Cheddar Gorge
As England’s largest gorge, Somerset's Cheddar Gorge has long attracted visitors seeking a glimpse of an unusual geological landscape and quiet moments away from the everyday. From walking and soaking up the views to spotting wildlife including the area's famous feral goats, here's what to see and do at this special place.
Head out for a walk
Pull on your walking boots and stride out for a cragside adventure. Choose from one of two walking routes or come back and complete them both.
There’s a gentle and easy walk through a hidden dry limestone valley, ending in a peaceful grassy area, ideal for a picnic.
Alternatively, head out for a more challenging four-mile walk to explore the gorge and take in the sights along the way.
Take in the views
At almost 400ft deep and three miles long, this is England’s largest gorge, and with its weathered crags and pinnacles, it's a dramatic natural sight to take in.
Spot seasonal wildlife
Discover some of Somerset’s rarest and most celebrated plants and wildlife:
Goats and sheep
A herd of free-roaming feral goats graze across the gorge, and Soay sheep roam about the hills. They're a hardy, ancient rare breed that's native to Britain. They're very nimble and cling to the cliff edges.
Birds, bats and mice
The dormouse: A thick cover of hazel and oak coppice takes over from the grassland as you descend the gorge from its upper slopes. It's in here that this endearing mammal has made its home
Horseshoe bats: Both greater and lesser horseshoe bats roost in Cheddar Gorge. Both species are considered to be endangered, with their numbers still declining. Look out for them at dusk as they shoot in and out of the caves.
Birdlife: Many species of bird can be found at Cheddar Gorge, including the peregrine falcon, buzzard, kestrel and raven. Also listen out for jackdaws, one of the noisier residents. Other birds of prey also nest on the steep cliffs of the valley.
Plants at Cheddar Gorge
The famous Cheddar pink and other rare plants, like rock stonecrop, grow on the cliff edges. Look out for the rock rose and herbs such as thyme, wild basil and marjoram on the lower slopes. In hot weather you're likely to smell them before you spot them.
Explore how a team of rangers and volunteers – and a few sheep and goats – carry out ongoing conservation work to care for this ancient site.
Wool-merchant's house of circa 1500
Dramatic gorges and ancient woodland rising above the Somerset Levels
Plan a visit to one of the special countryside places in our care and discover the benefits of being in the great outdoors. Pack your walking boots and get ready to explore woodlands, valleys and rivers.
There's a wealth of outdoor places from tors and gorges to woodlands and streams to visit in Somerset. Climb hills to see far-reaching views or relax and watch the children play in the fresh air.