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Cheddar Gorge, Cheddar

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England's oldest complete human skeleton, affectionately nicknamed Cheddar Man, was found in the caves at Cheddar Gorge in 1903. These caves are still a popular point of interest in the area. In fact, scientists continue to study the physical environment of the caves in an area called the Cheddar Complex, where there are biological phenomenon unique to its location. It has been suggested that Cox's and Gough's caves were both sites of prehistoric cheese making. Cheddar cheese is still made in the lower part of the gorge, so be sure to stop by a local shop to taste a few bites. Before your shopping trip, work up an appetite by rock climbing or by walking along Jacob's Ladder on the gorge's upper crest, where you'll find the best views. A visit to the Cheddar Man Museum will yield a comprehensive explanation of the prehistoric activity in the Gorge, the history of Cheddar Man's discovery, and views of remains found inside the caves. To visit Cheddar Gorge on your trip to Cheddar, use our Cheddar trip itinerary tool.
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  • Needless to say the caves are closed at the moment but we still had a lovely drive through the gorge and wandered around the shops, bought cheese, had lunch!! Perfect!  more »
  • We stopped off here for a couple of hours on our way back from Somerset. I'd been here before and it was just as lovely as I remembered. Unfortunately the caves were shut due to covid restrictions.....  more »
  • Myself and some friends went camping in the Cheddar Gorge area we went on Easter Monday and stayed for just two nights. I have never been camping before so it was a first and I must say the time...  more »
  • A wonderful landscape. Good facilities. Good walking trails. But parts of the trails are rocky and could be slippery when wet
  • Very nice. Good shops. Awesome rocky outcrops. Some good walking. Plenty of parking. All metered
  • Touristy but beautiful area.. And an ice cream shop with 100 flavours!
  • Just spectacular. We stopped off in a summer evening which saved paying to park.
  • One of the most amazing places I've seen... ❤ just love this beauty...I went there twice and I'm going again in few days time... 😍

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