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East Quantoxhead - Kilve

East Quantoxhead - Kilve beach, Somerset

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

OS Explorer Map 140: Quantock Hills & Bridgwater

This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.

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Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Watchet, Wiveliscombe, Dunster and Burnham-on-Sea.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

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:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Bridgwater, Taunton, Blue Anchor and Minehead.

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