Know before you go
Parking informationParking is awkward but possible on the roadside. Further car park details below.
Take a footpath up Caer Caradoc and include Comley Quarry in a loop of your walk.
Although parking is possible on the roadside to view the reserve, the nearest car park is Church Stretton train station, SY6 6PG, which is free to use.
The quarry is open and accessible, but is prone to bramble and scrub when volunteer work parties have been unable to visit. However, this tiny site is flat with a hard quarry floor, it can be viewed from the road.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril 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 1880's – 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 to Comley Quarry
Approach Comley from the A49, turning off either at Leebotwood or north of Church Stretton towards Cardington. Parking is awkward but possible.
The nearest car park is Church Stretton train station, SY6 6PG, which is free to use.