Geology Walk: West Runton east to Wood Hill
Walk 1: Eastern walk on West Runton beach to Wood Hill
We don't walk too far (1.1 km and back) but we shall journey through 13.7 billion years of geological time, following a timeline along the beach from the Big Bang to the present day. You will appreciate how our dynamic world has changed and evolved, as illustrated by the rocks and fossils on West Runton beach. See yourself from a geological perspective. You can
- gaze over Doggerland - a whole Mesolithic landscape, drowned 8000 years ago by the rising North Sea
- imagine being under a giant Ice Age glacier 450,000 years ago,
- examine the bed of a 70 million year-old subtropical sea, when dinosaurs were alive and
- pay your respects at the grave of the 700,000 year-old West Runton elephant when Norfolk was 'big game' country.
There are lots of different rocks to see and stories to tell, including how flint was formed and the origin of those funny giant flints with a hole right through them. See the 18th century dated 'Sharman Cutler's Stone'. Have your finds identified. Put your questions to an expert.
For the meeting point SEE THE SECTION BELOW. There is a b/w handout to accompany this walk (download in colour available below). Here is a link to the field guide for the West Runton to Cromer section if you want a preview of the geology.
Geology Walks: dates for Walk 1 at West Runton (east to Wood Hill) in 2018
|March 30||Good Friday||West Runton east to Wood Hill||1.30pm-4.15||Easy beach walk||Email to book|
|May 28||Bank Hol Mon||West Runton east to Wood Hill||1.30pm-4.15||Easy beach walk||Email to book|
|July 27||Fri||West Runton east to Wood Hill||1.30pm-4.15||Easy beach walk||Email to book|
|August 27||Bank Hol Mon||West Runton east to Wood Hil||1.30pm-4.30||Easy beach walk||Email to book|
|October 24||Wed||West Runton east to Wood Hill||1.30pm-4.00||Easy beach walk||Email to book|
These dates are provisional and should be confirmed when you make a booking. In the event of bad weather the leader will always turn up at the starting point.
Tickets and booking
Tickets are purchased on the day, £6.00 adults, £3.00 children and includes a b/w handout (which you can download in colour from this site). Booking is important.
Please use the email links in the table listing above to book your place (preferred method),
or for last minute bookings call
01263 513992 (or mobile 07887 389804)
and tell us your name, the date of the walk, how many walkers and your mobile number and email address. Your mobile number is only used to contact you in case of a last minute problem.
See below for the meeting place.
Please come adequately dressed. It's really important that you are well prepared.
The beach is rocky and wet in places, so please:
- Wear boots or at least very stout shoes. Wellies are excellent, so you can walk anywhere with impunity.
- Wear clothing suitable for any weather (be that rain, wind or shine), waterproofs, a hat is always a good idea and an umbrella is really cool if rain is forecast (you stay dry while all around are getting damp).
- Do bring some refreshment: sweets and/or a bottle of water as the walk lasts two and a half hours or more.
Do wrap up well; some people come without adequate coats and hats. It can be chilly on the beach, even in summer and we want you to enjoy yourself, not shiver.
While the walks have a really remarkable record of getting fine weather, there is always the chance of a really bad day. I work on the principal that there is no such thing as bad weather, only inadequate clothing. We can still have fun, even in the rain. But if it really is that bad we can take a vote on what to do. In the event of bad weather the leader will always turn up at the starting point.
I love dogs but in my experience they don't understand geology. They can get bored and there are often other dogs on the beach to get them excited. Then they bark and I can't compete, so I recommend you don't bring them.
West Runton meeting place
For the West Runton walks (east and west) please assemble by the shelter at the bottom of Water Lane, West Runton (grid reference TG18504313). The cafe proprietor levies a small parking charge in the season. If there is no attendant, please purchase a parking ticket at the Seaview Cafe. Come at 1.15 for a 1.30pm start.