Cheddar Gorge is situated on the southernmost edge of the Mendip Hills plateau in Somerset. Featuring the highest inland cliff faces in the UK, the magnificent views up to the cliffs or down from the cliffs above feel otherworldly to say the least! A tight meandering road runs between the steep cliffs, eventually reaching a small village at the bottom of the gorge. Here you’ll find many eateries, shops and attractions including the Cheddar Cheese Company of course!
The cliffs hide many prehistoric secrets and contain one of the most extensive networks of inland caves in the country. In 1903 the oldest prehistoric complete human skeleton was found in the caves. ‘Cheddar Man’ as he is known is over 9000 years old. Today the caves are open to the public for daily tours and feature impressive geological structures and are not to be missed.
Cheddar Gorge is part of a bigger geological expanse of caves and underground waterways. In fact, the hot spring waters of Bath originate from rainfall onto the Mendip Hills catchment area – a cycle that takes literally thousands of years to complete!