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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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  • We walked down from the car park intending to do a short walk but decided to continue up the gorge to see what it was like. When we got to the very steep rocky scramble we decided to turn back as we h...  more »
  • It can be quite a climb but when you arrive the views are worth it, there are a few different ways of getting there my best advice is to take your time, it can also be a bit slippery and wet underfoot...  more »
  • Great location for a lovely walk with our two dogs. Plenty of routes to choose from & lovely views. Free parking and easy to find, using sat nav :-) 
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  • Brilliant for the family