Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, England.
Cheddar Gorge is a limestone gorge in the Mendip Hills, near the village of Cheddar, Somerset, England.
The gorge is the site of the Cheddar show caves, where Britain’s oldest
complete human skeleton, Cheddar Man, estimated to be over 9,000 years
old, was found in 1903. Older remains from the Upper Late Palaeolithic
era (12,000–13,000 years ago) have been found.
The caves, produced by the activity of an underground river, contain
stalactites and stalagmites. The gorge is part of a Site of Special
Scientific Interest called Cheddar Complex.
including the caves and other attractions, has become a tourist
destination. In a 2005 poll of Radio Times readers, following its
appearance on the 2005 television programme Seven Natural Wonders,
Cheddar Gorge was named as the second greatest natural wonder in
Britain, surpassed only by Dan yr Ogof caves.The gorge attracts about
500,000 visitors per year.
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