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Ebbor Gorge, Wells

Categories: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 90+ reviews on the web
Ebbor Gorge is a limestone gorge in Somerset, England, designated and notified in 1952 as a 63.5ha biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in the Mendip Hills. It was donated to the National Trust in 1967 and is now managed by Natural England as a National Nature Reserve.The gorge was cut into the Clifton Down Limestone, an example of Carboniferous Limestone, by water. The floor of the gorge is impermeable Millstone Grit and Lower Coal Measures. The rare mineral mendipite has also been found. The site was occupied by humans in the Neolithic Era and their tools and flint arrow heads have been discovered, along with pottery from the Bronze Age. There are also fossils of small mammals from the Late Devensian. The nature reserve provides a habitat for a variety of flora and fauna, including flowers, butterflies and bats.GeologyEbbor Gorge lies on the southwest-facing slope of the Mendip Hills and consists of a steep-sided ravine cut into 350-million-year-old Carboniferous Limestone of the Dinantian. The gorge was cut into Clifton Down Limestone by meltwater in the Pleistocene Epoch. The rocks of the area lie above a thrust fault formed during the Variscan orogeny. Millstone Grit and Lower Coal Measures form an impermeable floor to this valley. An example of the rare mineral mendipite was found at the head of the gorge.
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  • If you physically can this is worth the climb - climb all the way to the top of the gorge and admire the views and then enjoy the walk down - it is a scramble going up for part of the way and there ar...  read more »
  • There are two ways to get up and enjoy the fantastic views from cliff top. The one we chose was slightly hairy as it had rained heavily the day before and tree cover had not allowed rocks to dry out a...  read more »
  • This place is as good as not signposted, so even finding the parking lot on the extremely narrow streets is a little adventure. We were also the only car there and thus the single visitors. From the parking lot, the small paths, however, are very well signposted and there is even a map of the area to take on an information board. We can recommend it really only take the longest of the proposed routes, because the excellent vantage point on the cliffs, the part of this route is, revealing stunning views of the beautiful landscape around Ebbor Gorge.
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