Every Sunday we are going to try as a family to go out exploring more of the beautiful countryside that we now reside so close too in Somerset.
Waking up on Sunday morning I had my doubts that we would make it out to explore this weekend as it had rained the whole day before and we were all feeling exhausted from the busy week we had just had. The weather was looking cold and overcast although the rain was not forecasted until the late afternoon.
I was going to use the miserable weather as an excuse for a duvet day so I could relax and read my book while the girls played in with there lego.
My partner however had different ideas. Sundays are his only day from work and as he works away for the week so he wanted to go out on a family outing.
After looking through Google for places to visit he stumbled across a beach not far from us that is renowned for finding fossils. Having been to the Jurassic coast in Dorset before and had no luck finding anything that even remotely resembles a fossils I was a bit sceptical but was happy to go along for a day trip.
From us to Kilve beach the Sat Nav took us down all the country lanes, having only moved to Somerset 5 months ago from Surrey we are all still getting used to these narrow country lanes. Although the lanes did make me feel a bit queasy the views were beautiful. Field upon field of unspoilt beauty with sheep, cows and horses all dotted along and every so often you pass through a lovely little villages containing houses with thatched roofs and period stone built cottages.
As we entered in to the small picturesque village of Kilve and followed the white hand painted sign to the beach. We travelled down a beautiful country lane past a church and a lovely stone built house up to the remains of a very old church that is being held up by steel rods. The lane takes you into a small pay and display car park that is very reasonably priced even more so when we visited as the pay and display machine was out of order.
Next to the car park is an idyllic stream trickling its way down through the banks and off through the fields. There is a little bridge leading to a small hut where the toilets are located. In front are two public footpaths leading across fields of green and up onto the beach. We took the path on the left which lead us up the hill.
Once we had made it to the top we finally set our eyes on the hidden gem that is Klive Beach. Tucked away in a cove of eroding hills is the unspoilt wonder, full of rock pools and streams and huge rocks. The tide was out when we arrived leaving us with a vast rocky area to explore.
As soon as we set foot on this vast boulder field of a beach we were finding huge fossils imprinted everywhere, the girls were amazed and so ecstatic every time they found one. We were all walking heads down turning over rocks and stone trying to find a bigger and better fossil than the last.
All the fossils we did find were on huge rocks so unfortunately we couldn’t take any with us as a keepsake but I had the camera so we took photos as evidence of our finds.
We walked up the beach and found a path leading up a small hill with a little bench at the top looking out over the sea. After all the fossil hunting we decided this would be a great spot for lunch. From Kilve you can see Minehead off to the left and make out the big white tent of Butlins even on a dull grey day and also Wales off in the distance.
After our lunch break we headed back to the beach where the girls discovered tiny shells in abundance which they then decided to switch from fossil hunting to shell collecting. The girls soon discovered the Limpets when they tried to pick the shell of the rocks with no luck. We had to explain that there were creatures living inside the shell still. In their search for shells they discover a few limpets with no shell. It is the first time I had seen this before and when we felt them they were like jelly cubes and were a deep ruby red in colour.
We then trailed off down the beach overshadowed by the huge serrated cliffs. The girls discovered a wide flat part of the beach with no rocks or stones but lovely flat sand. They had great fun running around on what they called ‘quicksand’ as their welly boots were sticking as they ran.
After a few hours of this amazing beach we headed off to the car already vowing to come back again one day hopefully with warmer weather. We had all Sercombe to the charm and uniqueness of Klive beach. It is so nice to see a beach that has not been spoilt by commercialism with everyone trying to cash in on a natural wonder.
However this was nearly not the case as in 1924 it was discovered that the shale found in the cliffs was rich in oil and Dr Forbes-Leslie founded the shaline company to start extracting these precious oils. He had a red brick retort built but was unable to raise the rest of the capital to carry on the project. The retort still stands by the carpark today as a sorry reminder of what was not meant to be.
All in all we had an amazing day out even with the cold damp day and it only cost us the fuel to get there and if the car parking meter was working a couple of pounds to park. I would highly recommend this beach to anyone looking for a day of exploring and wanting to find some fossils.
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