The Beach Guide

Kilve Beach

Kilve Beach - Somerset

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The beach of Kilve lies about halfway between Minehead and Bridgwater in the heart of the Quantocks. The shoreline is mostly rocky with plenty of rockpools to explore towards low tide. One of the best features of Kilve beach is the large grassy area behind the beach which is ideal for picnics.

Like neighbouring Lilstock there is mcuh of geological interest at Kilve. The cliffs here are formed from oil-rich shale and layers of yellow, brown blue lias in which fossils can be found. Kilve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) so removing fossils from the cliffs and bedrock is prohibited.

The poet Wordsworth once described \"Kilve\'s delightful shore\" and spent a brief period living at Alfoxden House with his sister Dorothy.

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Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

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  • Picnic area

Nearest town


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ST 1434 4444

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