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Foxhole Slade

Foxhole Slade

Foxhole Slade is a small cove of limestone rocks, with some small patches of sand on very low tides. There are three caves here : Paviland Cave, Paviland West Cave and Paviland Sea Cave. All are between 20 and 30 yards in length. To visit them, the tide needs to be at its lowest and a spring tide is preferable.

A narrow, steep-sided inlet runs for a short distance up the beach and into the valley behind. Paviland Sea Cave is on the west side of this. The more famous Paviland Cave (also known as Goat's Hole) is higher up the rocks on the west side and can be accessed when the tide is low enough to cross the beach. Prehistoric remains have been found here, including a Stone Age skeleton dubbed 'the Red Lady of Paviland', which was later established to be that of a young man.

A little further west, and at approximately the same height is Paviland West Cave (also known as Hound's Hole) which is about 30 yards long.

Directions : The nearest parking is on Pilton Green Common (Grid Ref: SS446871 / Lat : 51.5608°N, Lon : 4.2421°W), from where a public footpath leads across several fields to the coastal path. Directly in front, a path follows the steep-sided limestone valley down to Foxhole Slade. Final access involves a scramble down the jagged limestone rocks.

The photos were taken on a low spring tide.

Paviland Cave
Paviland Cave
Paviland West Cave
Paviland West Cave
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