Area: 10.6 hectares, 26.2 acres.

Description:

 

A magnificent coastal section exposing the full thickness of the Lower Triassic Budleigh Salterton Pebble Beds, a sequence of texturally mature conglomerates deposited by braided rivers. These include pebbles of Ordovician quartzite with an indigenous fauna derived from the erosion of a ridge of much older Palaeozoic rocks lying to the south or south-west. The conglomerates are overlain by fluvial and aeolian sandstones of the Otter Sandstone Formation which contain at the base a layer of wind-facetted pebbles (dreikanter), and also well developed columnar calcrete horizons.