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Introduction to Kettleness

Fossils and Fossil Collecting in Kettleness
Your Yorkshire Geological Guide and Geology Info

Kettleness is the most productive location in Yorkshire for Reptile remains. Remains are common and can be found loose or in nodules. Kettleness is also very popular for ammonites too, similar to those from Port Mulgrave.

Kettleness - North Yorkshire
Last updated: [07/03/04]  last visited 2007
Written by Alister and Alison Cruickshanks
Fossils & Fossil Collecting in Kettleness
(View of Kettleness) - 2004

Location Information

Kettleness yields excellent ammonite specimens and dinosaur/reptile remains but also has quite a lot of competition. The best time to collect is during the winter storms, or scouring conditions.

(Not Suitable for Children or Families)

Due to dangerous accessibility of this location, children and families should not visit this site. This area is for the fossil enthusiast who has plenty of energy to get both down and up the cliff, or for the long hike from either end of Kettleness.

You park at the top of the cliff top at Kettleness and there is a very long way down to the beach via a footpath that suddenly ends half way down. The remaining part has to be done using the long rope on site. The only alternative is a very long walk from either Runswick Bay or Sandsend which can also be dangerous and limited because of tidal conditions.

Foreshore, Cliff

Most of the fossils can be found on the foreshore at Kettleness especially after storms or scouring conditions within nodules or loose within the areas of shingle and shale, but fossils are also commonly found in the cliff on the scree slopes either in nodules or loose.

There are 'NO' restrictions to this location

Please follow our national fossil collecting code

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Common sense when collecting at all locations should be taken and knowledge of tide times should always be noted. It is easy to get cut off at Kettleness, the sea always hits the cliff. You should ensure you return in good time. Also be aware of sticky areas on the slippages as it is easy to get stuck especially after rain.

Access to Kettleness can be extremely dangerous, the most direct route is a steep climb down using the long rope on scene, this is not recommended by UK Fossils, but if you do intend to use the rope, please ensure extreme care. You may be better off walking from Runswick Bay or Sandsend, but if you do this, please ensure you return before the tide turns.

Search the shingle and scree along Kettleness Beach

Other Locations similar to Kettleness

There are many locations in the UK which can be seen to be similar to Kettleness. apart from those in the nearby proximity such as Port Mulgrave, Whitby, Runswick Bay, Staithes, Saltwick Bay, and Sandsend. In Dorset, areas such as Chippel Bay, Lyme Regis, Seatown (Golden Cap), Thorncombe Beacon, and Charmouth, are also very good. In South Wales, you can also try Llantwit Major, and Lavernock. There are plenty of good locations in Somerset there are also many locations such as Watchet, Quantoxhead, Kilve, Doniford Bay, St Audries Bay, Lilstock, and Hinkley Point.

Ammonite found on the beach at Kettleness

Stone Tumblers are used for tumbling and polishing rough rock, stones and pebbles including those found on the beach and glass.

Whilst collecting fossils, on those days where you come back empty handed, you could collect rocks, stones and glass from the beach and tumble then at home.

These are all high quality machines to give a professional finish to your samples. The tumblers can be used with a variety of grits, most commonly Silicon Carbide Grit and Cerium Oxide. We have a wide range of rough rocks for sale too.

Microfossils are much easier to collect because they are so small that the vast majority of collections only concentrate on large finds. These small finds can simply be found by taking small samples of sands, crags, clays and soft rocks and examining them under a microscope.

We have a wide range of microscopes for sale, both for the study of fossils, but also educational and professional for use in the laboratory. We have Stereo microscopes, Compound Microscopes, Polarising Microscopes and Monocular Microscopes.

We have thousands of Test Sieves for Particle Analysis.

Endecotts Sieves: For accurate dependable results you can't buy a better test sieve than Endecotts. At every stage of manufacture each test sieve is individually inspected.

High Precision Tecan manufactures precision apertures as small as 3 microns for a wide array of applications such as filtering, sieving and nozzles. Its high-performance, ASTM/ISO compliant test sieves satisfy the most demanding fine particle grading requirements.

Why not try...

Looking for more good fossil hunting trips? Why not try the following locations which are all very good for finding fossils...

Whitby, Bracklesham, Kettleness, Eastbourne, Hastings, Hope, Staithes
Quantoxhead, Fishguard, Abereiddy, Whitehaven, Aust, Hunstanton,

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