A holy place for geologists, the location of the discovery of Britain's earliest trilobites.


Comley Quarry
Church Stretton
Church Stretton
A static map of Comley Quarry

Know before you go

0 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

Parking is awkward but possible on the roadside


Footpath leading to the reserve.


Dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to July

About the reserve

Small but awesome, Comley Quarry has little in the way of wildlife but is a holy place for geologists. Britain’s earliest trilobites were discovered here in the 1880s – an astounding glimpse into the past some 550 million years ago.

Comley is known internationally as a reference section against which Cambrian rocks of similar age across the world are compared. Fossil hunting is not permitted here, but look into this tiny amphitheatre and reflect on the ancientness of the world and all the vanished creatures that once lived in it.  

The most important ecological aspect of the site is the occurrence of Dormice (Muscardinus avellanarius), whose presence has been determined by food signs.

Directions: Approach Comley from the A49, turning off either at Leebotwood or north of Church Stretton towards Cardington. Parking is awkward but possible. Alternatively, take a footpath up Caer Caradoc and include Comley Quarry in a loop of your walk.  

Contact us

Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01743 284280

Location map

Comley Quarry



Charles Lapworth and geology students on a field trip to Comley Quarry in 1896.