Trains to Cheddar Gorge
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How to get to Cheddar Gorge by train
Cheddar Gorge is nestled in Somerset’s Mendip Hills, close to the small village of Cheddar. While it’s not far from some of the west country’s biggest towns and cities, the lack of local train stations makes it more difficult to reach via public transport. However, there are ways of visiting Cheddar Gorge by train and bus.
The nearest major train station to Cheddar Gorge is Weston-Super-Mare. This is easily within reach of stations such as Taunton, Bristol Temple Meads, and Exeter St Davids. If you’re travelling to Cheddar Gorge from London, you’re best off getting the train from Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads, and then travelling onwards to Weston-Super-Mare.
Once you’re at Weston-Super-Mare, take the 126 bus from the station to the village of Cheddar. The journey time is an hour and the buses run regularly. From the village, you can walk to Cheddar Gorge – the stunning limestone sights and show caves will be well earned.
About Cheddar Gorge
With dramatic cliffs rising as high as 450ft, Cheddar Gorge is the UK’s biggest gorge. It boasts stunning limestone stalactite caverns that offer perfect photo opportunities, and a hike that’s begging to be walked if you’re in the area. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is famous across the world and continues to throw up new secrets and stories about where we, as a species, came from.
Within the gorge you’ll find Gough’s Cave, a 115-metre-deep cave with a variety of large chambers and rock formations. Even further still is Cheddar Yeo, the largest underground river system in the UK.
Gough’s Cave was discovered in 1890 and has since achieved international recognition as a site of great archaeological significance. It was home to the Cheddar Man, the UK’s oldest and most complete human skeleton. Discovered in 1903, the Cheddar Man still continues to inspire, giving us a unique insight into how ancient humans lived and behaved.
Events are regularly hosted at Cheddar Gorge, from Dreamhunters and Wildlife Week to the Festival of Archaeology and Halloween nights. Whichever time of the year you visit, there will always be something for the whole family to enjoy.
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