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Kilve Beach


Kilve Beach Somerset by Christian Mueller ShutterstockFossil-rich Kilve Beach is Somerset’s equivalent of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast © Christian Mueller, Shutterstock

Kilve is a classic ammonite-rich locality, its slate and shingle foreshore and lias (limestone) cliffs concealing all manner of ammonites, marine reptiles, belemnites (squid-like creatures) and shells.

A unique fossil-rich slate shore, Kilve Beach lies within the Quantocks AONB and is Somerset’s equivalent of Dorset’s more famous Jurassic Coast, albeit on a much smaller scale. But, like Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, Kilve is a classic ammonite-rich locality, its slate and shingle foreshore and lias (limestone) cliffs concealing all manner of ammonites, marine reptiles, belemnites (squid-like creatures) and shells – it’s a fossicking destination par excellence. Access to the beach is easy enough (it’s just a short walk from the car park by the ruins of Chantry Manor). Do take sturdy footwear, however, as it can be tough going over this rugged, rocky shore. Don’t forget, too, to keep an eye out for tide times; one good website is www.tideschart.com.

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