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Ebbor Gorge, Wells

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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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  • A mile beyond Wookey Hole Caves, uphill on the right, access to the free car park for the variety of walks at Ebbor. Some of it is steep, but manageable even with regular shoes. With woods and long vi...  more »
  • Visited in April and area relatively quiet. Lovely walk through the gorge - muddy in places so walking shoes best. Some quite steep slopes with one section where you have to physically climb up to get...  more »
  • Situated in the Mendips and not far from Wookey Hole this is a great place to explore on foot. The path squeezes through the rocky gorge at one point and is very peaceful. There is parking close by, b...  more »
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  • Great woodland walk. Chill out at the viewing point and you can see for miles! Walk to wookey hole after for a food and drinks. Only a 3 mile walk so great for kids.
  • Great views - well set up
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  • Brilliant for the family

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