Welcome to our Westbury Quarry website.
Westbury Quarry is located in the heart of Mendip hills in Somerset. The site covers a total area of 34 acres of which approximately 17 acres contain the working areas of the quarry which has 5 levels with a depth of over 60m. The quarry is most famous for being the site of the Westbury Cave which collapsed approximately 600,000 years ago preserving a nationally important collection of fossils including small mammals and cave bears. This area is designated as an Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the whole site is within the Mendip Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The is privately owned and is not open to the public, but visits by interested groups and schools can be arranged throught the year (More).
Westbury Quarry lies at an altitude of between 200 and 250 metre high on the southern flank Mendip’s limestone plateau. It is situated above the Somerset village of Westbury-sub-Mendip,on, and below that of the village of Priddy. It sits between the geological ‘Ebbor Thrust’ which is in Dolomitic Conglomerate rock and the south-western overthrust in ‘Clifton Down Limestone’, which in turn, is underlain by ‘Hotwells Limestone’, and is offset by approximately 1 km southwards from the ‘Priddy Fault’.
Views from the quarry extend across the Somerset Levels and Glastonbury Tor can often be seen rising above the mists that blanket the area in the mornings.
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