The Lookout Tower

360° Views - See For Miles!

Excess energy? You'll soon burn it off climbing the 274 steps up the side of Cheddar Gorge and the 48 more to the top of the Lookout Tower – kids and dogs love it! For those preferring a slower pace, 4 landing stages allow you to catch your breath.

It's well worth the climb! When you get to the top you look down into the steep sided valley of Cheddar Gorge that cleaves into the beautiful Mendip Hills. To the south you’ll see the flat lush water meadows of the Somerset Levels. The windswept hilltop plateau to the north, 900 feet above sea-level, runs for 22 miles east to west and 3 to 5 miles north to south. Some of the most breathtaking views in Britain.

Did you know?

  • The eccentric Roland Pavey built the original wooden watchtower, calling it his Mystic Tower.
  • The Gorge was formed by torrents of water, from the melting glaciers at the end of each Ice Age, cutting through the limestone rock.
  • The Somerset Levels were reclaimed from the sea by the Abbots of Glastonbury.

Need to know

  • The Lookout Tower is unsuitable for wheelchair users since it is only accessible via the 274 Steps.

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"Very interesting and great for the children to independently learn and explore, and beautiful too."