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Lavernock Point & Ranny Bay

Lavernock Point

Lavernock Point (above) is a beach of sand and rocks backed by high unstable cliffs. It's a popular location for fossil hunting, with ammonites and icthyosaur bones being common finds. A previously unknown dinosaur - the dracoraptor - was discovered here in 2015. The area is an SSSI, so extracting fossils from the living rock is not permitted.

Ranny Bay is to the north, and is a long beach of mudstone pebbles, backed by cliffs of sandstone, with mud and seaweed lower down. A few spits of shingle jut out into the channel, and are popular with anglers. Parking can be found at the end of Fort Road (a no-through road from the B4267). This leads past St Lawrence's church, ending near the coastal path where there is some parking space. A short path then leads to the coast path, from where beach access is a short salebrous path down to the southern end of Ranny Bay. To the right and around the point (tide permitting) is Lavernock Point beach, which can also be reached from St Mary's Well Bay. There are no other access points to the shore northwards until Penarth. A short way back up the lane is the Marconi Holiday Park, which has a pub available to non-residents.

Dogs are allowed at all times.

Ranny Bay
Ranny Bay
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