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Common Cliff & Blackhole Gut

Common Cliff

The shore at Common Cliff (above) consists mostly of wave-cut platforms of limestone, some shingle and tiny patches of sand. A little further west is Blackhole Gut (below), and a similar beach of jagged limestone rocks and shingle. As with much of the coast here, low-tide reefs provide good surf. Pete's Reef lies on the west side of Common Cliff, but due the sharp rocks and celerity of the waves it's definitely not for beginners.

The Wales coastal path runs a few hundred yards inland and is relatively level, but walkers who stick to this route are missing out on some spectacular scenery. A smaller (more interesting) path descends Blackhole Gut and skirts the beaches at the base of the cliffs. Immediately behind the beach is the Longhole Cliff nature reserve, named after Longhole Cave which can be found at Grid Ref : SS45128506. This is about 17 yards long and ends in a narrow passage. It's difficult to find, but these directions should get you there:
From the coast path at Foxhole Slade (car parking at Pitton Green) follow the coast path eastwards for a mile to a junction where a public footpath continues straight ahead, and the coastal path veers to the right. Aim towards the headland on your right, and as you approach it, skirt around to the left, dropping to just below the height of the top of the cliffs. You should now see a rocky protuberance, and Longhole Cave is tucked in on the other side of this.

The photo above shows the coastline looking towards Worm's Head (in the distance).

Blackhole Gut
Blackhole Gut
Longhole Cave
Longhole Cave
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