Coast

Coast

Quantock Hills coast is like no other. From West Quantoxhead in the west to Kilve in the east our coast contains an abundance of geology and wildlife that is well worth exploring

imageBetween St Audries and Kilve, younger rocks of the Jurassic Period can be found. This area falls within the Blue Anchor to Lilstock Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is considered to be of international geological importance. The marine deposits, known as Lias, consist of alternating limestones and shales.

Exposed limestone from the late Triassic and early Jurassic Period (215-200 million years ago) presents wonderful fossil beds including some of the earliest fossil ammonites recorded in Britain.

imageAmmonites are an extinct group of marine molluscs. Their modern relatives include squids, cuttlefish and octopus. Ammonites lived between the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods (205-65 million years ago) and became extinct about the same time as the dinosaurs disappeared on land. The fossil remains of the hard coiled shells are commonly found on the beaches.

Horse Riding

Narrow lanes and rocky beaches

With a network of narrow lanes and pebbly or rocky beaches our coastline is not really very suitable for horse riding. Head inland for more suitable terrain.

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Mountain Biking

Far better on foot than on wheels

The coast of the Quantock Hills is not really suitable for mountain biking so after a fun day on our rocky beaches with its myriad of rock pools and climbing, take your family to one of the picturesque cafes or local pubs for tea

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Dramatic scenery and fresh sea air

Quantock coastline offers splendid short and longer walks but the beaches require stout footwear and in places some careful footwork

Day Trips

Exciting beaches for children to explore

After a fun day on our rocky beaches where you can fossil hunt in the myriad of rock pools, take your family to one of the picturesque cafes or local pubs for tea