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Geology Walks programme is suspended

I regret to announce that the 2020 Geology Walks is suspended until further notice. I am clearing the decks ahead of some medical treatment but hope to resume later in the year. The walks in April 2020 are cancelled. Please refer to this website for an update on when the programme will resume.








Come and explore North Norfolk's Deep History Coast. We have beautiful landscapes, dramatic cliffs, award-winning beaches and exciting coastal geology. There are so many amazing stories to tell. Join one of Martin Warren's renowned Geology Walks and let your imagination rip as we journey back in time.

Whatever the weather we shall find lots to interest us and due to the local microclimate - or is it the tides? - we are often miraculously blessed with fine weather on our geology walks.

Explorers welcome

Geology Walks leader Martin Warren

Geology Walks leader Martin Warren



Great weather just seems to happen on our walks

There will be as little jargon as possible, so the walks are suitable for everyone over 8 years old. There is a mix of distances and challenges too but none are really taxing for reasonably fit people. We cover an enormous span of time and we will transport you to lost worlds that have been rediscovered through the wonders of geological science. Find out about our world of contrasts - variously, a greenhouse world and an ice-house world, with rising and falling sea-levels, waxing and waning ice-sheets and forests. See the river deposits that tell us about the time when Norfolk was 'big game' country. See the glacial deposits from when Norfolk resembled the High Arctic. Stand on an ancient sea bed. Find out how the lumps and bumps in the landscape came to be the way they are.


Children over 8 are welcome but don't let that put adults off; there are seldom a lot of children and they are always well behaved.


Click on a link for details and booking information

Geology Walks programme 2020

Click on links for details and to make a booking

Apr 13

Easter Mon

Timeline of the Universe

From the Big Bang to the present day in a morning! A beach walk from Cromer to West Runton.

Cancelled

Apr 24

Fri

West Runton: Looking for the Ice Age

Ice sheets, tills, chalk rafts, outwash, erratics and more.

Cancelled

May 8

Bank Holiday Fri

West Runton: Mainly looking at Fossils

Chalk, Crag and the Cromer Forest-bed.

13.30 - 16.15

Easy beach walk

May 10

Sun

Springtime at Roman Camp

Gentle hill climbing on the north face of the Cromer Ridge.

10.30 - 13.00

Circular hill walk

May 25

Spring Holiday Mon

Happisburgh: Ice Ages, Erosion and Hominins

Walk in the footsteps of the Earliest Humans in Britain.

13.30 - 16.15

Easy beach walk

June 7

Sun

Overstrand - Sidestrand: Inside the Cromer Ridge

The most dramatic section on the Ice Age Coast

13.30 - 16.15

Cliff and beach walk

June 21

Sun

Beeston Regis: What's under Beeston Bump?

An Ice Age hill, the Lost World of Doggerland and the geological record of climate change beneath our feet.

13.30 - 16.15

Hill and beach walk

July 5

Sun

Sheringham: Skelding Hill and the West Beach

An Ice Age landscape 'twix the sea and the pines.

13.30 - 16.15

Hill and beach walk

July 23

Thu

Cromer: Beach beach pebbles

An amble on Cromer beach looking at rocks and pebbles.

13.30 - 16.15

Easy beach walk

August 5

Wed

West Runton: Mainly looking at Fossils

Chalk, Crag and the Cromer Forest-bed.

13.30 - 16.15

Easy beach walk

August 20

Thu

Happisburgh: Ice Ages, Erosion and Hominins

Walk in the footsteps of the Earliest Humans in Britain.

13.30 - 16.15

Easy beach walk

August 31

Bank Holiday Mon

Cromer: Beach beach pebbles

An amble on Cromer beach looking at rocks and pebbles.

13.30 - 16.15

Easy beach walk

Sept 2

Wed

Beeston Regis: What's under Beeston Bump?

An Ice Age hill, the Lost World of Doggerland and the geological record of climate change beneath our feet.

13.30 - 16.15

Hill and beach walk

Sept 20

Sun

Overstrand - Sidestrand: Inside the Cromer Ridge

The most dramatic section on the Ice Age Coast

13.30 - 16.15

Cliff and beach walk

Oct 4

Sun

Sheringham: Skelding Hill and the West Beach

An Ice Age landscape 'twix the sea and the pines.

13.30 - 16.15

Hill and beach walk

Oct 18

Sun

West Runton: Looking for the Ice Age

Ice sheets, tills, chalk rafts, outwash, erratics and more.

13.30 - 16.15

Easy beach walk

Oct 25

Half Term
Sun

Timeline of the Universe

From the Big Bang to the present day in a morning! A beach walk from Cromer to West Runton.

10.30 - 13.30

Longer beach walk

Oct 28

Half Term
Wed

Cromer to Felbrigg: Autumn colours

Explore the landscape of the Cromer Ridge in autumn

10.30 - 13.30

Longer circular walk


These dates are provisional and should be confirmed when you make a booking. This listing is the definitive. Listings by third parties may contain errors and omissions, so please beware. Cancellations and alterations will be announced here first.

Booking is important

Booking is essential to help me gauge the size of audience, number of handouts, whether a helper is needed for safety and so on.

Geology Walks Tickets are paid for on the day.
£6.00 adults, £3.00 under 18 (over 8) and includes a b/w handout (which you can download in colour from this site).

Please email to book your place (using the links in the page for your chosen walk) and tell me:

Your mobile number is only used to contact you in case of a last minute problem or cancellation.

For enquiries, last minute bookings, or if you don't have access to email, you may call


Handouts in colour

Click on the images to download colour versions of the handouts provided on the walks. These are in printable PDF format (for non-commercial use only).



Follow up or preview

Visit the Field Guide to North Norfolk Geology to make a virtual visit to either preview a walk or to recap when you get home.

Free downloads

Simple A4 handouts by Martin Warren

Chalk Around Cromer (pdf - 166kb)
Flint Around Cromer (pdf - 170kb)
Cromer Forest-bed (pdf - 196kb)

Tide times at Cromer

The Geological Walks programme is timed to coincide with the most favourable tides, that is on or just after a full moon or new moon. At these times tidal range is at its maximum (some are bigger than others) and high water will be around 8 o'clock in the morning. Therefore low tide will occur in the afternoons, ideal for our walks. You can check the tide times at Cromer for today and the next few days at this link

Cromer Tide Times

Norfolk Fossil Finds

To help people identify their fossil finds from Norfolk beaches and elsewhere there is a public Facebook group 'Norfolk fossil finds', where you can join up (for free) and post images of your specimens and other members of the group will offer opinions on their identity.

See: Norfolk fossil finds Facebook page

Geological Society of Norfolk

Monthly meetings - field trips in the summer, indoor meetings in the winter. For amateurs and professionals alike. If you enjoy geology, join the Geological Society of Norfolk. Website: www.norfolkgeology.co.uk

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Tim Holt-Wilson has produced some very accessible guides to the Geological Landscapes of the Norfolk Coast

See also: UK Fossils website.