The owner of Cox mill constructed it, to get to the top of the cliffs and the lookout tower has 274 steps. Originally known as Jacob's Ladder out of the Book of Genesis Chapter 28: Jacob, son of Isaac, grandson of Abraham, dreamed of a ladder that went up to heaven and angels going up and down it. On the stairs there are 4 areas to rest at, which lets them take a breath and look at the lovely forest.
The Gough cave is famous for being the most beautiful in Britain. Formed of limestone, water dripping through the ceiling of the cave created beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Our ancestors lived in the cave entrance, over 1,000 years ago in the Paleolithic Era (Old Stone Age) and there is evidence of human cannibalism here during the last Ice Age 12,000 BP. In the Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age) hunter-gatherers, known as "Men of Cheddar". Between 1890 and 1898, Richard Gough, former captain and tea trader in Bristol, excavated part of the cave, revealing for the first time the beautiful chambers of the Cathedral of St. Paul and the Bright. The famous Cheddar cheese is made by hand and stored in Gough's Cave.
The Cheddar caves, inhabited by our ancestors 40,000 years ago, were discovered by Messrs Gough & Cox, enterprising Victorian showmen, and are world famous for their spectacular stalactites and stalagmites which decorate, whose colors are reflected in the beautiful pools of water. The audio guides are in English, French and German, it's a pity that they didn't have one in Spanish
Cheddar is a town in Somerset, England. The Cheddar Museum has the oldest human skeleton in Britain, Cheddar Man. Cheddar is famous for its cheese and the natural place where is located, was named the 2nd greatest natural wonder in Britain. There are two caves in this city and Gough's Cave is the most beautiful in Britain.
The original wooden tower was built by eccentric, Roland Pavey. In 1936 it was changed to a wrought iron gazebo viewpoint. There are 48 steps which lead to a circular viewing platform. Looking down you will see the steep valley side of the Gorge, which was formed over many years by torrents of water from the melting glaciers at the end of every ice age, cutting deeper and deeper through the limestone. During the periods from the Ice Age, known as interglacials, acidic rain water seeping through cracks in the limestone slowly formed a network of underground rivers. Water no longer flows, but it fills Gough's Cave underground aquifer, the largest underground aquifer or water containment system in Britain. Cheddar Gorge joins the Mendip Hills in the northeast and Somerset continues to the south.
Cox's Cave is smaller than Gough's Cave, but it is beautiful for its colorful mirror pools and the geological formations, it was discovered by George Cox, a local mill owner, in 1837. He also had the 274 steps constructed, which he called The Jacob's Ladder to reach the top of the cliffs. The natural beauty of this cave is enhanced by lighting and choral music.
The Museum of Prehistory in Cheddar Cheddar features Cheddar man (a 9000 years-old human fossil found in 1998 in Gough's Cave in Cheddar gorge) which always has a couple of fungi on it, which as well as light, served to fire at any time, rather than having to use wood or stone and spend hours rubbing and blowing. The founding of the museum was inspired by the discovery of the skeleton of Cheddar Man. Inside the museum is information on the results of the scientific studies in the caves and paleontological development.
I am fond of tourist bus tours, and I was right in choosing this tour. I would have liked more time to explore Cheddar and this bus took a nice route, smelling and feeling the brutal waste of nature in every pore of my skin or even climbing those mountains, but I had to choose between walking through the canyons or strolling through the top of the hills. I choose to walk in the hills. The tourist bus has two floors (the top is open), which I recommend as from above you can almost touch the rocks of this amazing gorge, and the vision is much better. The guide tells a story of the river that ran many years ago by that place, you will see some beautiful mountains with some great peaks that are close to heaven.
When you leave the Cox cave, there is a set of stairs on your left with exactly 274 steps, but it's worth the climb. Once you've reached the top, you have two choices. There is a lookout tower to the right, but you have to climb 84 more steps to achieve the wonderful views of Mendip and Somerset. To the left, you will see a door that offers a nice trail along the Gorge mountains. You'll discover nice views of the village of Cheddar and incredible views of the cliffs, apart from a lot of trees and vegetation. So why not make an afternoon picnic and enjoy the best views in Somerset?