Gorge is world famous.
It's the finest example of a limestone gorge in Britain.
The Gorge is central to the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty:
- “....one of England's most attractive landscapes”
- “... tranquility and dark skies......significant and valued.”
- “essential to preserve our remaining natural heritage for future generations.”
The Cheddar Gorge Circular Walk is one of England's most exhilarating trails.
The Cheddar Complex Site of Special Scientific Interest
- Diverse habitats with rare and scarce plants, animals and insects.
- Landscape evolution and environmental change from over 2 million years ago.
Gorge is a Special Area of Conservation for bats:
- Lesser and Greater Horseshoe Bats live in the caves.
Prehistoric site of great importance: one of the first places humans lived when they returned to Britain after the peak of the last ice age, 14,700 years ago.
Will the above features be threatened by Longleat's proposed cable cars and linked developments at the top of the Gorge?