East Quantoxhead Beach (Kilve)

East Quantoxhead Beach - Somerset
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This pebble, rock and sand beach, with many fascinating rock formations, sits on the Somerset coast, where the Quantock Hills meet the sea.  From here there are views out across Bridgewater Bay towards the South Wales coastline.  

The beach is backed by unstable cliffs with visible bands of blue lias, shale and limestone.  When the tide goes out, a large expanse of wave-cut platform is exposed.  This area is full of rockpools which are teeming with interesting marine wildlife.  

This stretch of the coast features tall Jurassic cliffs and many interesting fossils can be found here, including reptile remains and ammonites.

 There is no parking at the beach, but cars can be left in the historic village of East Quantockhead.  From here it is a half-mile walk along the footpath to the coast, with steep steps leading down the cliffs.  

The village has some delightful thatched cottages, a duck pond and an old mill. There are tearooms in nearby Kilve village.

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Type of beach

Sand & rock

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round

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Nearest town




OS grid ref.

ST 1427 4440


The car park is located about half a mile from the coast

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East Quantoxhead Beach Reviews

Fabulous stretch of coast

Sep 03rd 2022

This really is a lovely place.  Don’t expect candy floss and ice cream.  It’s much, much better than that.  Dog friendly but be careful of the even ground.