East Quantoxhead - Kilve
Just east of Watchet, East Quantoxhead and Kilve beaches are rock, pebble and sand beaches with interesting rock formations and many fossils. A paradise for geologists with lots to investigate.
The hard limestone pavements are immediately apparent at low water and date from about 200 mya. (Early Jurassic Period). On closer inspection the limestone platforms are seen to contain numerous ammonites which effectively date the strata.
The beaches are backed by very unstable cliffs of Lower (Blue) Lias, with the limestone and shale layers clearly visible in bands.
Facilities nearby include the welcoming Chantry Tea Rooms, toilets (just west of the path to the beach, near the shale retort) and litter bins. The car park is located about half a mile from the coast. A lovely walk from the village to the beach is just one of many walks in the area.
To the east lies Lilstock and the buildings of the Hinckley Point Power Station.
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Interesting geology
OS Explorer Map 140: Quantock Hills & Bridgwater
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Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
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