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Kilve Beach

A geological wonder, Kilve Beach is a wonderful rocky beach full of rock pools and fossils.

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Kilve beach with a bright blue sky and large fluffy clouds.

Best time to visit

Great to visit all year around. Check the tide times before going as at high tide the beach can get cut off.

Look out for

Search the foreshore for fossils ammonites (extinct marine snails related to modern day squids), clams, scallops and oysters. Occasionally fossils of large marine reptiles such as ichthyosaurs are discovered. Kilve Beach is a Geological SSSI for its nationally important geological exposures and fossils. Therefore fossils should be collected responsibily in accordance with the fossil collecting code. Rockpooling at low tide is good with many rock pools formed by the jutting rocks.

Getting there


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Facilities nearby

Toilets, accessible toilet at car park. Tea room at enterance to car park. Shop, pub in Kilve village.

Transport and parking

Parking is avaliable at Kilve Beach car park. Charges apply.


Accessible track from the car park to the beach. The beach is very rocky and can become slippery when wet. Rights of way, including the English Coast Path pass through the car park with uneven terrain, slopes including cross slopes.

Kilve Beach is a rocky beach on the Somerset coast. As well as being a wonderful landscape and a great place to explore the rock pools for crabs and anemones, Kilve Beach is the centre point of the Blue Anchor to Lilstock Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest. The coast and cliffs provide an outstanding view back through time to the Early Jurassic period with the rocks formed from sediments deposited on an ancient seafloor approximately 195 - 200 million years ago. They consist of yellow weathering grey limestones with alternate with layers of darker mudstones or shales.

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