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Introduction to Clints Quarry

Clints Quarry Fossils and Fossil Collecting
Your Cumbria Geological Guide and Geology Info

Unworked since the early 20th century, Clint’s Quarry is now quite overgrown. Some areas of scree can still be found however fossils can not be collected here.

Clints Quarry - Cumbria
Last updated: [28/09/07]  last visited 2007
Written by Joe Shimmin

(Clints Quarry) - 2007

Location Information


Once an accumulation of scree is located, coral fossils should be fairly easy to find. Collecting of fossils is not permitted but you can photograph them.

(Suitable for children)

It is a short walk to access the quarry. Supervision is required with younger children due to the uneven terrain and deep water in places.

The path to the quarry is fairly short and visitors should always stay close to the footpath in order to protect the important plants and animals. A reminder that this site is an SSSI.


Fossiliferous rocks are found in piles of scree that have accumulated in various areas of the quarry.



Free access is allowed at Clint’s Quarry but as the location is an SSSI, fossils, rocks, plants and animals must not be collected and rock outcrops must not be defaced.

Please follow our national fossil collecting code

A UK Fossils & Discovering Fossils initiative (c) 2006

Other Locations similar to Clints Quarry

Llanymynech Quarry is an excellent location for corals, and it is similar to Llanymynech Quarry in Shropshire.

Llanymynech Quarry is an excellent location for corals, other similar locations for Silurian Corals in the Shropshire District are;Mortimer Forest, Wenlock Quarry, Wenlock edge, Upper Millichope , Llanymynech Quarry. In South West Wales, you can also find Silurian Corals from Marloes Sands. In Scotland, you can also find corals at St Monans

You can also collect carboniferous Corals from;Parkhouse Hill, Portishead and Weston-Super-Mare in Avon, or along the South West Coast, you can also collect Devonian Corals from Torquay along Hopes Nose and Daddy Hole and Castleton in the Derbyshire district..

For Corals from Younger period, the Coralline Crag at Ramsholt makes ideal collecting.

If you like Graptolites, you could also try Stockdale Beck, Stockdale Quarry, Barrow, Causey Pike, Clints Quarry, Coniston, High Fell, Stair Stream, in Cumbria, Abereiddy, Fishguard, Little Haven, Druidston Haven, Porthgain, in Wales, Betton Dingle, Hillend, Hodgson How, Hope, The Onny Trail, Vinnels, in Shropshire.


There is a deep pond near to the entrance into the quarry. Some areas are muddy, so good walking boots or wellies are recommended. Your mobile phone may not receive a signal at this location.

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.


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