Additional Notes

08 August 2010

Chapter 9:
Millstones, Coal & Lime - Peaks of Industry

A series of parking spots running down Cliff Road in Cheddar Gorge from which to admire arguably the most beautiful gorge in Britain. And the further down the gorge you go, the more sublime the view.

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The gorge was carved out in periglacial conditions during the recent glaciations of the current Ice Age. Though too far south to have had glaciers, water in the limestone from which the gorge walls are made, froze and rendered the normally permeable rock impermeable. Meltwater floods in the summer months flowed over the limestone and cut a deep channel which is the gorge we see today.

From the foot of a gorge in Somerset to the top of something similar - still on the Carboniferous limestone, only on the other side of the Bristol Channel at Symonds Yat Rock, between Monmouth and Ross-on-Wye.

It’s only a very short walk from the car park and thousands come every year to see the view up and down the River Wye. It’s home also to Peregrine Falcons, Buzzards and Goshawks and is well worth the detour. It also makes an excellent place to watch the stars at night, according to some.

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Malham Cove - limestone pavement

If you can’t get to Malham Cove in person to take a look at the limestone pavement, this 360° panorama is the next best thing.

Limestone Pavement above Malham Cove in England