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Walking the Jurassic Coast By Ronald Turnbull

Walking the Jurassic Coast by Ronald Turnbull

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This guidebook includes 30 walks on the Jurassic Coast of Devon and Dorset. Covering the coast between Exmouth and Bournemouth, these delightful routes range from 3 to 16 miles (5 to 24km), exploring and explaining the spectacular geology of this World Heritage area with clear, easily understood descriptions, cross-sections and timelines.

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Walking the Jurassic Coast: Dorset and East Devon - The walks, the rocks, the fossils by Ronald Turnbull

This guidebook describes 30 walking routes along the Devon-Dorset coast. The majority of the routes hug the shoreline between Torbay and Swanage, while others venture inland on the Dorset Downs. The walks range in length from 3 to 20 miles (5 to 33km) and are suitable for most walkers, with shorter routes alongside plenty of more challenging, full-day hikes. As well as detailed descriptions for every walk, accompanied by OS maps, there are details on available parking, points of interest along the way and advice on the terrain covered.

The guide has been divided into areas: Devon's Red Beds, the Lias, Chesil Beach, Chalk walks (Lulworth and inland) and the Isle of Purbeck. The geological descriptions are accompanied by strata diagrams, geological timelines, explanations of the creation of the various sedimentary rocks along the coast, and discussion of how and why the various formations formed millennia ago. The incredible - yet readable - detail brings these walks and the landscape alive.

The Jurassic Coast of Devon and Dorset, stretching between Exeter and Bournemouth, is a geological wonderland. Natural wonders like Chesil Beach, Durdle Door and fossils so numerous you'll be tripping over them, combine with southern England's rolling Downs, tiny villages, beaches and sunny summers to provide a stunning and awe-inspiring landscape to explore.

About Ronald Turnbull

Ronald Turnbull writes regularly for TGO, Lakeland Walker, Trail and Cumbria magazines. His previous books include Across Scotland on Foot, Long Days in Lakeland and Welsh 3000ft Challenges. He has written many other Cicerone guides, including Walking in the Lowther Hills, The Book of the Bivvy and Not the West Highland Way.

Table of Contents

Contents Introduction The Jurrassic Coast When to Walk Getting here, getting around, staying the night Maps and GPS Safety on the seaside Tides on the Internet Using this book Jurassic Coast Path (Exmouth to Poole Harbour) Jurassic Coast end-to-end: logistics Geological Introduction The Sea The Great Unconformity The Universal Foundations The fossils Smith's Principles of Faunal Succession Collecting Fossils The drift of the continents Eastwards is also Up Section 1: Devon's Red Beds Jurassic Coast Path: Exmouth to Seaton Route 1 - Brixham and River Dart The Great Devonian Controversy Marine Dykes at Shoalstone Beach Route 2 - Budleigh Salterton and Woodbury Castle Pebblebed Heath Route 3 - Budleigh Salterton Budleigh Salterton Pebbles Route 4 - Red Bed Roundabout Route 5 - Otterton: Peak Hill and the Otter Otter Sandstone Route 6 - Six Hills of Sidmouth The Great Unconformity Sidmouth Red Beds Larvikite Route 7 - Sidmouth to Weston Greensand at Salcombe Mouth Route 8 - Branscombe Mouth to Weston Mouth Gypsum at Weston Mouth Branscombe Mouth Route 9 - Beer and Hooken Undercliff Beer Stone and Beer Head Limestone Fossilised sea floor Route 10 - Beer to Blackberry Camp Route 11 - inland: Hartridge and Dumpdon Section 2: The Lias Jurassic Coast Path: Seaton to Bridport (West Bay) Route 12 - Lyme Regis Undercliff Bindon Landslip The Cobb Monmouth Beach Route 13 - Lyme Regis to Charmouth (shorter) Black Ven Route 14 - Lyme Regis to Conegar Hill and Charmouth Mary Anning Route 15 - Hardown Hill and Golden Cap from Seatown Golden Cap: Boulder Arcs Tsunami of 1755 Seatown summary Route 16 - Bridport to Seatown Symondsbury's Inferior Oolite Shutes Lane Eype's Mouth and Fault Corner Route 17 - West Bay and Burton Bradstock Burton Cliff and East Cliff Route 18 - inland: Beominser to Pilsdon Pen Greensand Summits Section 3: Chesil Beach Jurassic Coast Path: Bridport to Osmington Route 19 - Litton Cheney and Eggardon Hill Flint and Chert Route 20 - Abbotsbury Castle and Chesil Beach Oolite limestone Chesil Beach Route 21 - inland: Two ridges: Hardy Monument to Elwell Route 22 - Isle of Portland circuit The Portland Roach Longshore Drift Route 23 - Osmington shore and White Horse Osmington Doggers Redcliff Point Section 4: Chalk walks Lulworth and inland Jurassic Cosat Path: Osmington to Lulworth Route 24 - Hardy's Egdon Heath Route 25 - Cerne Abbas and the Giant Chalk fossils Route 26 - Dorsetshire Gap Chalk Escarpment at Bulbarrow Ham and Portland Route 27 - inland: Hambledon and Hod hills Jurassic Coast Path: Osmington to Ringstead Route 28 - Ringstead Smugglers' Path Moigns (Upside) Down Route 29 - Lulworth Cove and Coast The Durdle Wall: Portland and Purbeck erect Fossil Forest Section 5: Isle of Purbeck Jurassic Coast Path: Lulworth to Poole Harbour Route 30 - Kimmeridge, Tyneham and Flower's Barrow Mupe Bay and Wealden Clay Route 31 - Swyre Head and Kimmeridge Ledges Kimmeridge Bay Route 32 - Chapman's Pool and St Alban's Head Chapman's Pool Jurassic Coast Path: Winspit to Seacombe Route 33 - Swanage: Durlston to Dancing Ledge Dancing Ledge Route 34 - Isle of Purbeck Circuit Purbeck Marble Route 35 - Ballard Down and Agglestone APPENDICES Appendix 1: Indoor geology: museums and visitor centres Appendix 2: Rock reference: websites and books Appendix 3: Timechart - Cambrian to Now Appendix 4: Rocks of the Jurassic Coast Appendix 5: Jurassic Coast cliff diagrams Normal 0 false false false EN-GB JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Times;}

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Walking the Jurassic Coast: Dorset and East Devon - The walks, the rocks, the fossils by Ronald Turnbull
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