GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Kilve Beach and East Quantoxhead

3 miles (5.5 km)

This circular walk explores a beautiful area of coast and countryside in the Quantocks.
The walk starts at the large car park just north of Kilve. It's a short walk from here to the fascinating Kilve Beach. Part of the Jurassic coastline the beach is a good place for fossil hunting. You'll also pass the Oil retort which was built in 1924 to burn the oil rich shale beds here. Though the venture failed the old building remains.
The footpath passes along the coast with great views of the cliffs and surrounding countryside. You then turn inland to the village of East Quantoxhead. It's a pretty place with thatched cottages, a medieval tithe barn, a duck pond, a mill house and an interesting manor house with a medieval tower. The route then leaves the village and passes more countryside and some woodland before returning you to the car park.

Postcode

TA5 1EG - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Kilve Beach and East Quantoxhead OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Kilve Beach and East Quantoxhead Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Head into Kilve village and you could enjoy some post walk rest and refreshment at the Hood Arms. The historic coaching inn dates back to the 17th century and serves a fine Sunday roast. They have a lovely garden area and also provide accommodation if you'd like to stay in the area. You can find them at postcode TA5 1EA for you sat navs.
Near the car park there's also the Chantry Tea Gardens where you can enjoy a delicious cream tea.

Dog Walking

The beach and coastal path are great for dog walking. You'll probably see other owners on your visit. The Hood Arms and tea rooms are also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The West Somerset Coast Path, Quantock Greenway and the Coleridge Way all pass through the area, providing an opportunity to extend your walking in the area. You could follow the West Somerset Coast path east to Lilstock Beach and the power station at Hinkley Point. Heading west would take you towards Watchet. The nearby village has an interesting maritime history with many old buildings including two museums and an ancient 16th century inn.
The Coleridge Way can be picked up at nearby West Quantoxhead. The epic trail follows in the footsteps of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, visiting some of the places that inspired his works.
Heading south would take you to the pretty village of Holford where you could climb to the Dowsborough Camp Iron Age Hill Fort.

Photos

The beach at Kilve, looking west - geograph.org.uk - 2029662

The beach at Kilve, looking west

Picnic table above Kilve Beach - geograph.org.uk - 2609362

Picnic table above Kilve Beach

Permissive path from Quantock's Head - geograph.org.uk - 701580

Permissive path from Quantock's Head. This is the permissive footpath shortly before it joins the public footpath between East Quantoxhead and Kilve beach. In the distance the Range Quadrant Hut can just be seen on the cliff edge

Rockface, Kilve Beach - geograph.org.uk - 229725

Rockface, Kilve Beach. There is a clear fault line marked by a narrow quartz band cutting diagonally through the sedimentary shale and limestone rocks here. This quartz line also marks a change in the angle of the strata from near horizontal in the foreground to about 30º in the further rockface. This beach is very interesting both geologically and palaeontologically as a wander along the beach will turn up many fossils especially traces of ammonites.

Footpath to Quantock's Head - geograph.org.uk - 648160

Footpath to Quantock's Head. This junction of footpaths leads either to Quantock's Head, Kilve Beach, or the village of East Quantoxhead.

The track from Kilve Beach - geograph.org.uk - 229565

The track from Kilve Beach. This is the view towards the Car Park and Kilve village from the track to the beach. The chimney in the middle of the picture is the top of the old brick retort. This is the remains of an oil extractor built in the 1920's to process the oil rich shale in the cliffs. The ivy growing out of the stack has been shaped by the wind off the sea.

East Quantoxhead - GSSP - geograph.org.uk - 2455344

East Quantoxhead

Cliffs at East Quantoxhead - geograph.org.uk - 2886299

Cliffs at East Quantoxhead

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Kilve Beach and East Quantoxhead.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Kilve Beach and East Quantoxhead.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)