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Introduction to Wenlock Edge

Wenlock Edge Fossils and Fossil Collecting
Your Shropshire Geological Guide and Geology Info

Many Silurian fossils such as crinoid pieces, corals and brachiopods can be collected at the National Trust managed limestone escarpment, Wenlock edge. The tourist information centre and museum in Much Wenlock is also worth a visit to learn a little more about the location and to view fossils from the area.

Wenlock Edge - Shropshire
Last updated: [11/05/07]  last visited 2007
Written by Joe Shimmin

(Wenlock Edge, 2007)

Location Information

Many fossils can be found below an outcrop of Wenlock limestone about a third of the way into the walk. There are plenty of loose blocks to collect from and nearly every rock is fossiliferous.

(Suitable for Children)

The exposures are found alongside a well managed path amongst pleasant surroundings. To complete the circular walk, half an hour to an hour is required.


There is plenty of free parking in the national trust car park. The walk is well signposted and the paths are well maintained.


Fossils are found in blocks below a cutting in the limestone. Nearly every block contains fossils.



Fallen rocks may be collected but the in situ sections must not be damaged.

Please follow our national fossil collecting code

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Other Locations similar to Wenlock Edge

Wenlock Edge is an excellent location for corals, other similar locations for Silurian Corals in the Shropshire District are; Mortimer Forest, Upper Millichope , Llanymynech Quarry, and Wenlock Quarry. In South West Wales, you can also find Silurian Corals from Marloes Sands. In Scotland, you can also find corals at St Monans

You can also collect carboniferous Corals from;Parkhouse Hill, Portishead and Weston-Super-Mare in Avon, or along the South West Coast, you can also collect Devonian Corals from Torquay along Hopes Nose and Daddy Hole and Castleton in the Derbyshire district..

For Corals from Younger period, the Coralline Crag at Ramsholt makes ideal collecting.


Wenlock Edge is a fairly unthreatening environment, however, blasting occurs in the quarry next to the path and you may be asked to stop walking while this is carried out. In places the path can be a little muddy, so walking boots or wellies are recommended.

Stone Tumblers are used for tumbling and polishing rough rock, stones and pebbles including those found on the beach and glass.

Whilst collecting fossils, on those days where you come back empty handed, you could collect rocks, stones and glass from the beach and tumble then at home.

These are all high quality machines to give a professional finish to your samples. The tumblers can be used with a variety of grits, most commonly Silicon Carbide Grit and Cerium Oxide. We have a wide range of rough rocks for sale too.

Microfossils are much easier to collect because they are so small that the vast majority of collections only concentrate on large finds. These small finds can simply be found by taking small samples of sands, crags, clays and soft rocks and examining them under a microscope.

We have a wide range of microscopes for sale, both for the study of fossils, but also educational and professional for use in the laboratory. We have Stereo microscopes, Compound Microscopes, Polarising Microscopes and Monocular Microscopes.

We have thousands of Test Sieves for Particle Analysis.

Endecotts Sieves: For accurate dependable results you can't buy a better test sieve than Endecotts. At every stage of manufacture each test sieve is individually inspected.

High Precision Tecan manufactures precision apertures as small as 3 microns for a wide array of applications such as filtering, sieving and nozzles. Its high-performance, ASTM/ISO compliant test sieves satisfy the most demanding fine particle grading requirements.


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