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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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  • It was nice to have a walk around. Some very nice shops, although alot of them are closed permanently. It is a big shame that the cave's are not open. I am not sure why Covid is still keeping them...  more »
  • What a beautiful spot! The only thing that lets it down is the caves being closed even though it doesn’t make too much sense now most people are jabbed? Either way lovely day out, parking is a little....  more »
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  • 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
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