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Upcoming events of general geological interest in Dorset, and the surrounding region, are listed below.
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Goat Island and the Slabs – Undercliffs NNR
July 10 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
A unique chance to explore the landslip geomorphology and coastal geology of the Axmouth to Lyme Regis Undercliffs National Nature Reserve.
Leader: DGAG member Geoff Rowland, who has become familiar with the Undercliffs NNR from volunteer conservation work with Natural England, EuCAN Dorset and the Axe Vale & District Conservation Society.
We will walk into the western end of the Reserve, joining the South West Coast Path. We will visit Goat Island and the Chasm, the results of the Great Landslip of 1839, and continue to the remains of Landslip Cottage and the Sheepwash. We will then descend to the beach to have lunch on the Blue Lias Ammonite Slabs.
We will then retrace our steps to rejoin the Coast Path and return to Stepps Lane. About 5 miles (8 km) in total. Estimated time 4.5 hours.
The route leaves the ‘beaten track’ over some rough terrain with significant descents and ascents, including a small scramble to reach the beach. So, reasonable fitness and stout walking boots are essential. Also, bring waterproofs, drink and a packed-lunch. Long sleeves and leg coverings are recommended, because of nettles, brambles and ticks. Sorry, no dogs. Total numbers are restricted. So booking with Val is essential.
Park at Stepps Lane (see attached map), near Axmouth for a start at 10:00am. If required, there is overflow parking on the verge by the double gates further east along the lane. Though ensure that access via the gates is not blocked. If possible within COVID-guidelines, please car-share to minimise parking requirements.
Parking at Stepps Lane
BNG: SY 2658 9029
LatLon: 50.7076 , -3.0412
Nearest Postcode: EX12 4AZ