Kilve and East Quantoxhead
Explore the facinating history and geology of the wonderful Quantock Hills coast with this gentle walk
The cliffs at Kilve
5km (3 miles)
Look out for
Fossils on the beach, Peregrines flying high over the cliffs, the historic buildings and features in East Quantoxhead and the Chantry ruin at Kilve.
Transport and parking
Car parking (charges apply) at Kilve Beach or East Quantoxhead
The walk starts at Kilve Beach car park and explores the facinating coastal cliffs. Here you will be able to see the rock formations of alternating bands of limestones and shales that make this coast a Site of Special Scientific Interest. 200 million years ago this area was a shallow sea and the rocks are formed of silts, muds and vegatation that would have settled at the bottom of the sea. The foreshore is a great place to search for fossils which can be found in the broken stones with the fossils of extinct marine snails called ammonites. The coast is also home to an aray of wildlife from crabs, anemones, seabirds including an occasional peregrine swoping across the sky. Leaving the coast the route comes back inland and explores East Quantoxhead with Court House and the historic tithe barn and church, with glimpses into the villages past such as the sheep fold before heading back to Kilve Beach where you'll pass by the Chantry ruins part of a late 13th century manor house.