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Welcome to Westbury Quarry 

A Site of Special Scientific Interest Nestled in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 

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 contain the quarry's working areas, which have five levels and 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 significant collection of fossils, including small mammals and cave bears. This area has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and the whole site is within the Mendip Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The quarry is privately owned and is not open to the public, but visits by interested groups and schools can be arranged throughout the year.

Westbury Quarry is perched at an altitude of 200 to 250 metres on the southern flank of Mendip's limestone plateau. It is nestled between the 'Ebbor Thrust' in Dolomitic Conglomerate rock and the south-western overthrust in 'Clifton Down Limestone', underlain by 'Hotwells Limestone', and 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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