3 Reasons to Visit Cheddar Gorge, UK

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The UK has many natural beauty spots to explore, and if you’re a fan of hiking then you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing areas to trek in. The South West of the UK offers rugged coast paths and windswept moors, but close to the city of Bristol, there is a slightly different landscape on offer—the wild and dramatic Cheddar Gorge. Offering prehistoric caves, stunning views, and some of the UK’s only feral sheep, this gorge is a must-see if you love stunning natural beauty spots. Check out these three reasons to visit Cheddar Gorge.

Prehistoric Caves

The limestone rock of Cheddar Gorge is easily carved out by rain and erosion. This has led to the creation of some of the UK’s finest caves. You will need to pay to access the caves, but the admission price includes a guide that includes plenty of fascinating information about the caves and the wider Cheddar area. One of the UK’s oldest human skeletons, named the ‘Cheddar Man’, was discovered in Gough’s Cave in Cheddar Gorge in 1903 and you can visit the Cheddar Museum of Prehistory to learn more about him.

Beautiful Views

If you’re prepared to brave the steep climb up, then the clifftop walk along Cheddar Gorge offers some stunning views. You will need to take care as some sections are narrow, but the views are definitely worth the effort. The entire circuit should take around four hours, or you can walk half of the gorge in around two hours.

Sheep and Goats

Cheddar Gorge is home to some of the UK’s only feral sheep. These Soay sheep are perfectly adapted to the steep terrain of the gorge, as are the resident goats. Even if you don’t spot any of the sheep or goats, you’re sure to hear their bleating echoing off the rocky walls of the gorge.

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