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Fleet Lagoon Walk
9th October 2021 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm£2
A journey towards the core…
of the Weymouth Anticline.
The Fleet shore has a number of Geological Conservation Review (GCR) locations and includes Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) with a geological focus. However, nearby parking is limited and there is restricted access to privately-owned parts of the shore.
This walk, led by Geoff Rowland (DGAG) and Andrew Lawrence (Moonfleet Manor Hotel) provides an opportunity to park and meet at the Moonfleet Manor Hotel and visit some classic locations on the Fleet shore, including permissive access to Herbury, courtesy of the Chesil Bank and Fleet Nature Reserve.
To minimise disturbance to overwintering wildfowl on the Fleet, numbers are limited and booking via Val Fogarty is essential. Sorry, no dogs.
There is ample parking space at the Hotel, and we will meet outside the main building at 10:00 am for the start of the wallk.
The going is generally easy, typically along the coastal path or a foreshore with limited tidal-range. It may be slippery over wet clay-ground or over washed-up sea grass. Take care! In places, it is possible to sink into the foreshore mud. Stout walking boots and appropriate outdoor clothing are recommended.
With the possible exception of Langton Hive Point, the foreshore cliffs are not high (an understatement!). So, helmets should not required. Fossils should not be directly extracted from the cliffs, though may be found eroded-out on the foreshore (if not covered by sea grass!).
The distance is around 5 km and we anticipate arriving back at the Hotel for around 1:30 pm. This allows for individuals to take advantage of the Hotel facilities, including Lunch or Afternoon Tea. However, please note that you will need to book these in advance through the Moonfleet Manor Hotel website.
More geological details to follow…