Cheddar Gorge - Pond and Cafe - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Virtual tour panorama taken next to the small pond within Cheddar Gorge in Somerset late one afternoon in April 2011. This is a great place to chill out and relax with an ice-cream after walking along the cliffs. This pond is right at the bottom of the steps leading up to the viewing tower on the souther cliffs.
Cheddar Gorge - Pond and Cafe - FURTHER INFORMATION
Cheddar Gorge - Pond and Cafe - Cheddar visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Cheddar Gorge - Pond and Cafe' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Somerset.
Cheddar Gorge in Somerset is a very popular tourist attraction. It is one of the Natural Wonders of England and the longest gorge in the country. Within the gorge are showcaves, museums and opportunities for climbing and caving. Various paths along the tops of the cliffs provide stunning panoramic views over the whole region. In addition to all this, Cheddar Gorge is home to the oldest human skeleton in the UK, dated to around 9,000 years ago and known as 'Cheddar Man'.
Cheddar Gorge - Tourist AttractionsThe paid tourist attractions at Cheddar Gorge are all managed by Cheddar Caves & Gorge. One ticket covers all the attractions in one go:
- Gough's Cave - showcaves and home to Greater and Lesser horseshoe bats.
- Cheddar Man – Museum of Prehistory with remains of various cave finds.
- Cox's Cave & The Crystal Quest - with various exhibitions designed for children.
- Open-top Gorge Tour Bus - round trip up and down Cheddar Gorge.
- Jacob's Steps - 274 steps to the Lookout Tower at the top and access to the cliff top trail.
- Cheddar Gorge Cliff-top Trail - 3 mile trail along the top of the gorge with stunning views over the surrounding area.
- Caving and Climbing - extra activities for which an additional fee is charged.
Cheddar Gorge - Other AttractionsLand on the northern side of Cheddar Gorge is owned by the National Trust and access to it is free. Here there are plenty of opportunities for walking, rambling and climbing. The land on the southern side is owned by the Marquess of Bath. Access to the clifftop on the south side is via Jacob's Steps (paid) or from a path about a mile east of the tour bus's turning circle, a good walk away from the village (free).
Cheddar Gorge - ClimbingClimbing is a very popular pass time at Cheddar Gorge. There are about 350 routes up the 27 cliffs, named and graded climbing routes listed in the British Mountaineering Council guidebook. Climbing on the northern side is available most of the year, but climbing on various parts, especially the highest parts, of the southern side are restricted during the peak tourist season.
Cheddar Tourist Information Centre
Somerset BS27 3QE
Phone: +44 (0)1934 744071
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Car: Cheddar Gorge is about a mile from Cheddar on the B3135. It is 20 miles south of Bristol, 13 miles east of Weston-super-Mare and 25 miles west of Bath.
Train: Weston-super-Mare Rail Station
Flight: Bristol International Airport