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Introduction to Quantoxhead

Quantoxhead Fossils and Fossil Collecting
Your Somerset Geological Guide and Geology Info

Quiet, peaceful and tranquil, Quantoxhead has several miles of tall Jurassic cliffs and a very long wave-cut platform. Many fossils including some superb ammonites and reptile remains can be found on this platform. Plenty of rock pools for the kids.

Quantoxhead - Somerset
Last updated: [28/12/04]  last visited 2004
Written by Alister and Alison Cruickshanks
(Hard limestone platforms on the Quantoxhead foreshore)
(Hard limestone platforms on the Quantoxhead foreshore) - 1997

Location Information for Quantoxhead, Somerset

Quantoxhead is highly productive for fossils, especially for reptile remains and large ammonites, shells and fish remains can also be found.


Quantoxhead is suitable for families, there is also lots to do for the kids including plenty of huge rock pools, full of life to explore and lots of fossils to be picked up off the foreshore. Please keep children well away from the base of the cliff.


Access to Quantoxhead beach is fairly easy, but the location itself can be difficult to find, use the maps on the location access page for easy navigation. You should head to 'East Quantoxhead'


Quantoxhead is a foreshore location, fossils are found exposed on the foreshore within the rocks, or exposed in wave-cut platforms.

There are 'NO' restrictions to this location

Please follow our national fossil collecting code

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Other Locations similar to Quantoxhead

There are many locations in the UK which can be seen to be similar to Quantoxhead. apart from those in the nearby proximity such as Hinkley Point , Kilve, Doniford Bay, St Audries Bay, Watchet, and Lilstock.

In Dorset, you can find fossils from the Lias around Charmouth,
Chippel Bay, Seatown (Golden Cap), Thorncombe Beacon and Lyme Regis, In South Wales, you can also try Llantwit Major, and Lavernock. There are plenty of good locations along the Yorkshire Coast too, such as Saltwick Bay, Staithes, Port Mulgrave, Kettleness, Whitby, Ravenscar, Runswick Bay, Sandsend, and many more.

Ichthyosaurus Vertebrae found along the beach at Quantoxhead


Common sense when collecting at all locations should be taken and knowledge of tide times should always be noted. You can easily be cut off at Quantoxhead by the tide as the sea always reaches parts of the cliff,

The geology at Quantoxhead is outstanding!

Stone Tumblers are used for tumbling and polishing rough rock, stones and pebbles including those found on the beach and glass.

Whilst collecting fossils, on those days where you come back empty handed, you could collect rocks, stones and glass from the beach and tumble then at home.

These are all high quality machines to give a professional finish to your samples. The tumblers can be used with a variety of grits, most commonly Silicon Carbide Grit and Cerium Oxide. We have a wide range of rough rocks for sale too.

Microfossils are much easier to collect because they are so small that the vast majority of collections only concentrate on large finds. These small finds can simply be found by taking small samples of sands, crags, clays and soft rocks and examining them under a microscope.

We have a wide range of microscopes for sale, both for the study of fossils, but also educational and professional for use in the laboratory. We have Stereo microscopes, Compound Microscopes, Polarising Microscopes and Monocular Microscopes.

We have thousands of Test Sieves for Particle Analysis.

Endecotts Sieves: For accurate dependable results you can't buy a better test sieve than Endecotts. At every stage of manufacture each test sieve is individually inspected.

High Precision Tecan manufactures precision apertures as small as 3 microns for a wide array of applications such as filtering, sieving and nozzles. Its high-performance, ASTM/ISO compliant test sieves satisfy the most demanding fine particle grading requirements.

Why not try...

Looking for more good fossil hunting trips? Why not try the following locations which are all very good for finding fossils...

Whitby, Bracklesham, Kettleness, Eastbourne, Hastings, Hope, Staithes
Quantoxhead, Fishguard, Abereiddy, Whitehaven, Aust, Hunstanton,


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