Leighton Road Cutting

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Leighton Road Cutting
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Leighton Road Cutting is located in Somerset
Leighton Road Cutting
Location within Somerset
Area of Search Somerset
Grid reference ST702437
Coordinates 51°11′30″N 2°25′40″W / 51.19174°N 2.42781°W / 51.19174; -2.42781Coordinates: 51°11′30″N 2°25′40″W / 51.19174°N 2.42781°W / 51.19174; -2.42781
Interest Geological
Area 0.6 hectares (0.0060 km2; 0.0023 sq mi)
Notification 1984 (1984)
Natural England website

Leighton Road Cutting (grid reference ST702437) is a 0.6 hectare geological Site of Special Scientific Interest between East Cranmore and Cloford in Somerset, notified in 1984. It is a Geological Conservation Review site

Leighton Road Cutting provides exposure of a series of early Jurassic limestones, of Lower Lias age, which are the only known outcrops of these particular rocks to occur in a normal horizontally-bedded sequence in the Mendips. The discovery of the Leighton Road Cutting sections enabled geologists to understand how the fissure infills seen widely throughout the Mendips had been formed.

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