We all know Lyme Regis is famous for fossil hunting but here in Somerset we have our own hidden gems.
Kilve beach is nestled between Minehead and Bridgwater and it is a real jewel, a beautiful fossil beach accessed through a remote, narrow laneway.
It is only about 20 minutes by car from Bridgwater but you feel you are a million miles away is you travel down Sea Lane to the rocky beach.
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Near Watchet, Kilve beach is a fascinating stretch of the Jurassic Coast with amazing rock formations and fossils.
One of the best things about the beach is the large grassy area on top of the cliffs where you can walk, picnic, take your family and dog, there are some wonderful walks up there along the coastal path.
(Be careful to pay at the car park, many people have been caught out not knowing it is a paid for car park and there is a camera.)
It is a really interesting beach, with lots of different types of fossil and rock formations to explore., there are also lots of rock pools for children to play in and they will enjoy the rocks and pebbles on the beach.
Kilve Beach somerset, taken by Malcolm Lewis, Bridgwater
(Image: Malcolm Lewis)
We visited the little tea rooms by the car park , a gorgeous little cafe by the church ruins with tables and chairs spread out in the shadow of the ancient church.
The cafe serves all kinds of sandwiches (the egg and cress was delicious) as well as freshly made scones for cream teas.
You will be surprised at how far you can walk along this picturesque beach, the views are dramatic and it is on our doorstep here in Somerset.
It doesn’t get crowded like other sandy beaches, it was deserted when we visited and it was a hot, spring day with beautiful blue skies and bright sunshine.
Wear an extra layer, as it can be quite windy up there.