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Boggle Hole fossils and fossil collecting

Boggle Hole is at the southern end of Robin Hoods Bay, and can be reached by taking the narrow road through either Fyling Park, south of Fylingthorpe.
The road is not suitable for large vehicles. There is a car park near Boggle Hole and a short walk to the shore. The area is of outstanding natural beauty.
Boggle Hole is an SSSI and therefore hammering the bedrock is not allowed. Please also only collect a few specimens leaving some for others to collect and examine.

GRID REF: 54.42273°N, 0.53020°W

Trace Fossils, Ammonites
Fossil Collecting at Boggle Hole

Boggle Hole is to the southern end of Robin Hoods Bay and is a site of special scientific interest. Foreshore exposures of Siliceous Shales yield a range of trace fossils, and during scouring conditions, some superb ammonites can be found.
Where is it


Although Boggle hole can yield some lovely ammonites, most of the year the fossilferous shales are covered up with sand. If you visit Yorkshire during the winter, this is certainly worth a visit. Trace fossils can be found anytime of the year.

Older Children


This location is suitable for older children since the tall cliffs can make it a dangerous place.

Good Access

The location isn't too much of a walk, so it has fairly good access, although the road access to the car park is narrow and not suitable for large vehicles.

Cliffs, Foreshore


Most of the fossils can be found on the foreshore during scouring conditions, but trace fossils can be found in a hard ledge at the base of the cliff.


Boggle Hole is an SSSI, Hammering is NOT permitted on the bedrock. Please only collect a few specimens.

Common sense when collecting at all locations should be taken and knowledge of tide times should always be noted. At Boggle Hole, the sea often reaches the base of the cliff. Therefore you must return before the tide turns. The cliffs also frequently fall, so please keep away from the base.

Boggle Hole
Tide Times


UK Tidal data is owned by Crown Copyright, and therefore sadly we are not allowed to display tide times without paying expensive annual contracts. However we sell them via our store, including FREE POSTAGE
Click here to buy a tide table

Last updated:  2008
last visited:  2008
Written by:  Alister and Alison Cruickshanks

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Finding fossils at Boggle Hole really depends on the conditions. During many months, the beach can be covered in sand, making collecting very difficult. During scouring conditions especially in the winter months, the fossiliferous zones below beach level can be exposed, and it is these where fossils can be collected.

There are many trace fossils that can however be seen in a hard platform which is always exposed at Stoupe Beck. Within this layer, fossils of Rhizocorallium, Thalassinoidesand Teichichnus are all common.

It is of course the ammonites of Yorkshire which most people are interested in. These are found during favourable conditions on the foreshore and include the popular species, Asteroceras obtusum,.

Geology Guide Jurassic, 200 mya

At Boggle Hole, the Redcar Mudstone Formation is well exposed on the foreshore. This formation includes the zones Oxynotum and towards Stoupe Beck, obtusum.


The Redcar Mudstone Formation is grey, fossiliferous, fissile mudstones and siltstones with subordinate thin beds of shelly limestone in lower part. It has fine-grained carbonate-cemented sandstone in upper part with argillaceous limestone concretions occuring throughout....[more]


Locations similar to Boggle Hole

There are many locations in the UK which can be seen to be similar to Robin Hoods Bay. apart from those in the nearby proximity such as Port Mulgrave, Kettleness, Runswick Bay, Staithes, Whitby, Saltwick Bay, and Sandsend. In Dorset, areas such as Chippel Bay, Lyme Regis, Seatown (Golden Cap), Thorncombe Beacon, and Charmouth, are also very good. In South Wales, you can also try Llantwit Major, and Lavernock. There are plenty of good locations in Somerset there are also many locations such as Watchet, Quantoxhead, Kilve, Doniford Bay, St Audries Bay, Lilstock, and Hinkley Point.

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Geological Supplies

We sell a wide range of geological tools from our online store. These include hammers, chisels, and pick.

We also sell starter packs with everything you need to start fossil collecting.

Our online store includes books and publications on fossils and geology, and a range of geological maps on the Boggle Hole area.

We have over 10,000 items for sale, covering almost every aspect of geology and fossils.

When visiting locations such as Boggle Hole, a compass is most handy. A compass is a navigational instrument that enables you to find directions on the Earth. compasses consist of a magnetised pointer which moved to align itself accurately with the Earth's magnetic field. The cardinal compass points are north, south, east and west. Compasses are mostly enclosed with liquid compass in which a needle floats. Any instrument with a magnetised bar or a needle turning freely upon a pivot and pointing in a northerly and southerly direction can be considered a compass.

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