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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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  • This is NOT a walk for people who are at all infirm. We did this walk with our dog in March and even though it had not rained, a lot of the steps and walks were muddy and slippery. Also, some of the r...  more »
  • Went for a hike up the gorge ( around 5 miles). Some testing terrain but made it all that bit more exciting! Well worth the treck as the view was stunning! Well looked after area and sign posted adequ...  more »
  • We visited a few places in one trip which included Ebbor Gorge for a local walk in the fresh air. There were a few signs with the history & timeline of the gorge. I found it interesting. We decided to...  more »
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