To provide you with the best experience, cookies are used on this site. Find out more here.

Allow cookies

Ebbor Gorge

Type:Outdoor Activity/Pursuit Centre

Priddy Veal Lane, Easton, Wells, Somerset, BA5 1EL
Ebbor Gorge

Book Tickets Online

About

Ebbor Gorge NNR is a largely wooded site occupying a prominent position on the southern escarpment of the Mendip Hills.
Main habitats: woodland
Ebbor Gorge sits within the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is part of the Mendip Woodlands Special Area of Conservation .
The reserve is cut into 2 valleys: Hope Wood Valley, which contains an active stream, and the dry, limestone Ebbor Gorge.
The woodlands are mostly ash, but also include oak, wych elm, field maple, whitebeam, beech, hornbeam and hazel. The humidity in Hope Wood encourages the growth of ferns and funghi. Over 250 species of mosses, liverworts and lichens have been recorded on site, many rare ones.
In the spring bluebells, wood anemone and dogs mercury cover the woodland floor alongside a wide variety of bryophytes, including the rare Bryum canariense and very rare Amblystegiella confervoides.
Small areas of grassland also occur on some of the limestone outcrops and plateaus of the reserve. Grazed by rabbits, these important pockets support varieties of short grass and herbs including common rock-rose, fairy flax, marjoram, wild thyme, common milkwort and quaking grass.
The mixed age of the woodland means the forest canopy has many levels, which encourages many species of butterfly, including the nationally scarce white-letter hairstreak. Other butterfly species such as the chalkhill blue and brown argus have been recorded on the limestone grassland. Rare lesser and greater horseshoe bats hibernate and roost in the site’s cave systems. These were formed over millennia as rainwater slowly dissolved the subsurface limestone.

Facilities

Establishment Features

  • Open All Year

Key Features

  • In countryside

Directions

Road Directions

Follow signs for Wookey Hole from the A371 in Wells. From Wookey Hole, follow the small minor road towards Priddy. The reserve car park is situated about 1 mile up the hill from Wookey Hole. There is a 6 and a half foot height barrier to the car park.

Opening Times

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

What's Nearby

What's Nearby

  1. Wookey Hole Caves and Attractions

    Explore the Unexplored

    There’s always fun and adventure to be had at Wookey Hole...

    1.07 miles away
  2. Wells Cathedral

    Built between 1175 and 1490 Wells Cathedral has been described as “the most poetic of the...

    2.61 miles away
  3. The Bishop's Palace and Gardens

    Home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for 800 years, this stunning medieval palace is...

    2.64 miles away
  1. Cheddar Garden Centre

    Set amongst the natural beauty of the Mendip Hills and just a short distance outside the...

    3.75 miles away
  2. Cheddar Gorge

    Discover the heights of Somerset's famous Cheddar Gorge
    Cheddar Gorge is one of...

    4.8 miles away
  3. Cheddar Gorge

    Caves, adventure caving, lookout tower, crystal quest, museum, Costa Coffee.

    4.83 miles away
  4. Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company

    We are the only cheesemakers left in Cheddar. Watch us during the various stages as we...

    4.86 miles away
  5. Somerset Rural Life Museum

    The museum is within walking distance of the town centre on Chilkwell Street,...

    5.89 miles away
  6. Clarks Village

    Outlet shopping village with restaurants, cafes and kids play area, ideal for a family...

    7.27 miles away
  7. Blagdon Lake

    The reservoir was first filled to top water level in January 1903 and pumping to Barrow...

    7.56 miles away
  8. Banwell Castle

    Castle with extensive grounds open to the public. Restaurant, wedding venue and home to...

    9.5 miles away
  9. Court Farm Country Park

    Court Farm welcomes 50,000 visitors to the farm each year and is also a working farm run...

    10.93 miles away
  10. Brent Knoll

    Known by the Romans as: "The Mount of Frogs," the Knoll is an outcrop of the nearby...

    11 miles away
  11. Bleadon Hill Golf Course

    Bleadon Hill Golf Course is just 4 miles from the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare and is...

    11.79 miles away
  12. Puxton Park

    Set within 40 acres of beautiful Somerset countryside, just off the M5 near...

    11.87 miles away
  13. Helicopter Museum

    The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare is the largest dedicated Rotorcraft Collection...

    12.65 miles away
Previous Next

Map & Directions

We Recommend

We Recommend

We Recommend

We Recommend