A Country Kid’s Post: Fascinating Rock Formations on Widemouth Bay

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?


  1. Michaela Britton

    Wow, they don’t look real. In fact, I thought the first was broken pieces of chocolate at first. What an amazing sight!

    • It certainly is 🙂 That’s why we love to come and explore, even though we’ve been a dozen of times.

  2. Such a fab looking play to explore I love how pretty and different the rock formations are.

    • They are beautiful aren’t they? Can’t believe they’re more than a million years old!

  3. Kerry Norris

    Looks great. Those rock formations are amazing . We’ve never been but we’ll have to put it on the list x

    • You must. It’s a really interesting place to explore especially with kids.

  4. Rhian Westbury

    What strange looking rock formations, really interesting. Looks like a great fun day out x

  5. Sarah - Craft Invaders

    What amazing rocks – those layers are unreal! We have never been to Widemouth bay, but I have been on fossil hunts in the Cotswold Water Park. Sometimes you can go to one of the quarries when they get down to a fossil layer and search for them (where they are extracting gravel) x
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    • Would love to go fossil hunting again. We do enjoy it, would like to do it somewhere else though 😉 Never done it in the Cotswolds.

  6. Melanie Edjourian

    It looks like you and your little one had a great time there.

  7. Ana De- Jesus

    Oh my god this is literally a dream of mine, I would love to go fossil hunting, I never found anything apart from pretty shells!
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  8. Baby Isabella

    Those rock formations look like melted chocolate and honeycomb! They are very strange looking! Looks like you had a fab time visiting the coast!
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  9. Oh my! This looks like, Olivia and I will be sliding on those rocks one day. Such a beautiful place to explore. I can T loving every bit of it and she right that some of them looks like sandwich. The first photo looks like a chocolate too. lol
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    • Yes, I’m sure you guys will have so much fun exploring the place too. Perfect for little ones 🙂 x

  10. Coombe Mill

    The rocks on Widemouth Bay are always fab to look at, they’re so full of shapes and patterns. It’s great that T enjoys looking at the shapes in the rocks too. My lot love turning rocks into slides too, it’s great that T can have so much fun at the beach whatever the weather. Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.
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    • That’s one of the reasons why we love Widemouth. Lots to do! But as you know, we also love little Polzeath, especially in the summer 🙂 x

  11. Cheryl | TimeToCraft

    We love fossil hunting. Somerset coast is a good place too. One of my favourite days out. We have far too many jars with fossils in them. Also found some in our own back garden. I guess when you get your eye in……
    Love the textures of the rocks in your photos. They are so fascinating. My children are a little tired of me explaining how they are formed. Just makes you want to run your hand over the different levels. I don’t think I’ve seen rocks like your first photo. #CountryKids

    • We’ve also kept all of our finds when we went camping and fossil hunting in Lyme Regis 🙂

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