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66. The Geology of Watchet and its Neighbourhood, Somerset (2006)


by Eric Robinson

A short guide, very suitable for beginners, to the Devonian, New Red Sandstone and Jurassic (Lias) rocks in the vicinity of Watchet. Relatively gentle walks along the foreshore and inland to view exposures, plus the added bonus of examining the usage of local and imported rocks for walls, housing and bridges.

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A short guide, very suitable for beginners, to the Devonian, New Red Sandstone and Jurassic (Lias) rocks in the vicinity of Watchet. Relatively gentle walks along the foreshore and inland to view exposures, plus the added bonus of examining the usage of local and imported rocks for walls, housing and bridges.
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Itinerary 1 The Palaeozoic Foundations
Inland exposures of Mid Devonian sandstones and grits.
Start point Park and picnic place on A39 near West Quantoxhead: ST 114 417

Itinerary 2 The New Red Sandstone
Triassic pebble beds can best be seen in Woolston Quarry, in the Doniford Valley between the Quantock and Brendon Hills. Carboniferous limestone is found within the same quarry.
Start point Woolston Quarry: ST 094 403

Itinerary 3 Watchet Foreshore
Triassic-Jurassic transition beds on coastal sections either side of Watchet Harbour.
Start point Splash Point: ST 077 436

Itinerary 4 Watchet West Beach
Faulting on the foreshore makes stratigraphy difficult but distinctive pebbles and fossils can provide clues.
Start point West Street Slipway: ST 068 434

Itinerary 5 Watchet Townscape
A look at local building stones in the walls of the town. Some of the examples came from further afield, maybe brought as ballast.
Start point Entrance to the Watchet Museum at the top of the main slipway to the modern marina: ST 071 434

Itinerary 6 Hellwell Bay
Triassic-Jurassic boundary less faulted than elsewhere
Start point Walk From the car park beside the railway inland from Helwell Bay, take the path to the headland: ST 078 434
Itinerary 7 The Mineral Line
The Mineral Line delivered iron ore from the Brenden Hill mines to Watchet between 1856 and World War 1. The rounte is traced from Watchet to Washford. In season a steam train can transport you back to Watchet.
Start point West Quay car park: ST 070 435

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