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Where to go and what to do in Somerset - Cheddar

Cheddar is unique. Its distinguishing feature is the natural phenomenon of Britain's largest Gorge. The Cheddar Yeo in Gough's Cave is Britain's biggest underground river, and the Gorge Cliffs are Britain's highest inland limestone cliffs. The Gorge is a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of the calcareous grassland, Karst limestone buttresses and Horseshoe Bats. Peregrine Falcons nest on the cliff face and Soay sheep keep the scrub in check.

Gough's Cave is an internationally famous archeological site because of its Late Upper Paleolithic finds (12-13,000 years old) and contained Britian's oldest complete skeleton (9,000 years old). It lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a candidate for Special Area for Conservation status.

Popular tourism began with the opening of Cheddar Valley Railway in 1869/1870, which provided workers from towns with the opportunity to enjoy a day's outing for the first-time as a Bank Holiday. The railway was also popularly known as the Strawberry Line, because it passed close by the many strawberry-growing fields in the largely south-west facing slopes on the Cheddar side of the valley. "Strawberry Special" trains ferried the fruits by rail to all parts of the country, until the line was axed in 1965.


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