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Things to see and do at Cheddar Gorge

View of the geological features in the limestone gorge at Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
Geological features at Cheddar Gorge | © National Trust Images / Ross Hoddinott

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.

Walking routes

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.

The view from Gorge Walk at Cheddar Gorge
View from Gorge Walk at Cheddar Gorge | © National Trust Images / John Miller

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.

Rocks jutting into the air on a sunny day at Cheddar Gorge

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