I mention Widemouth Bay a lot in my posts, perhaps it’s because it’s our go-to-beach especially during the cold months. There are lots to do there, apart from the fact that it’s lined with lovely restaurants like Elements and the Bayview Inn, there’s a long stretch of sand to do beach combing, and rock pools to discover, cliffs to climb and also Widemouth bay is known for its fascinating rock formations.
Just look at the following photos:
What really struck me is that they don’t look the same. They have different colours, textures and shapes.
Some of them look like they’ve been stacked and some look like sandwiches (as T said) like the one below.
And some of the rock formations make a perfect slide for little ones to clamber on.
And slide back down again.
Look at me!
Apparently these rocks in Widemouth are known as Upper Carboniferous rocks (327 to 299 million years ago). No wonder they have fascinating shapes, colours, sizes, markings and textures. I guess one can say that time sculpted these rocks into what they are now, interesting and beautiful rock formations. It’s not surprising that one can also go fossil hunting in the area, though of course don’t expect it to be like the Jurassic coast where fossils abound. I don’t think (unless you’re an expert) it’s as easy to find them down here in the North Cornish coast than in Devon. I remember when we went to Lyme Regis, I wasn’t expecting to find anything, but we came home with more than a handful of fossils. We keep them in a special jar up our book shelf.
Have you been to Widemouth bay?
Have you tried fossil hunting?