St Erth Pits


Ben Watkins

St Erth Pits

The Pits was Cornwall's first geological reserve with an interesting fossil fauna


In the village of St. Erth, south of Hayle
A static map of St Erth Pits

Know before you go

1 hectare

Grazing animals


Walking trails

There is a circular trail which is uneven and can be muddy


Footpaths around the reserve. Terrain can be difficult, contact the Trust for further access information.


Dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

May to August

About the reserve

The Pits was Cornwall's first geological reserve. Wildlife has invaded the once bare ground of the worked pits. Semi-mature woodland now dominates. The sand and clay deposits exposed in this pit are called the St. Erth Beds. They contain a rich fossil fauna, including sea snails, sponges and corals

Contact us

Cornwall Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01872 273939