Area: 7.9 hectares.
Within Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Description and Reasons for Notification:
A classic locality for a sequence of presumed pre-Pleistocene sands and clays. The age and origin of the deposits, their correlatives (if any), and the age of the erosion surface on which they rest are of considerable significance for understanding the geomorphological evolution of south west England. Interpretations of the deposits include the classically accepted Pliocene beach hypothesis and more recently, Oligocene river sediments. The site has substantial research potential at the highest level.