In spite of this the gorge does have a special rugged beauty, not found in much of this area, and the views across to the Severn and onto Wales were spectacular.
I've merged some images to try to portray the interest of the gorge.
In his excellent book "Britain's Rare Flowers", the famous naturalist Peter Marren mentions the unique and endemic plant species that can be found in the Gorge. We were too late to hunt for flowers of the beautiful Cheddar Pink, that grows amongst the unimproved limestone grassland, but did attempt to spot the equally interesting Whitebeam species found here. I say we attempted as I soon realised that actually this requires more botanical skill than I have to be able to tell the local varieties from the common type...but it was good to see the many healthy trees growing on the cliffs and being so well looked after.