Geology of England
– The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Central England, Cornwall, and more…
18-26 July 2023
Exclusive trip – Max 7 people!
This nine-day (8 night) field experience will take you to the famous Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site in Dorset, along the coast of Devon, and to the southernmost point on mainland UK on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. We return through Somerset and Wiltshire via the cities of Wells and Bath.
Join other Earth science enthusiasts for hikes, museum visits, and talks by local experts to explore some of the best geological locations in Southern England.
We will meet at Heathrow Airport, and our first journey sees us drive to Swanage in Dorset via the chalk downland of Wiltshire and Stonehenge.
On arrival in Dorset, we will be on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset and Devon: a hugely diverse and beautiful landscape underpinned by incredible geology of global importance. In 2001 it became a World Heritage Site, and our visits will include Swanage, Lyme Regis, where Mary Anning discovered ammonites and marine reptiles, and the elegant seaside town of Sidmouth.
Whilst on the Jurassic Coast, we will explore a series of stunning geological sites that span 185 million years from the early Triassic to late Cretaceous before heading westwards into Devon. Here we will spend time on and around Dartmoor, the exposed surface of a late Carboniferous Granite batholith. The landscape of Dartmoor is a total contrast to what we will have experienced earlier in the trip. Here we will explore mist-covered moorland, monolithic granite tors, and 3000-year-old settlements and stone circles.
Our journey then continues further westwards into Cornwall. We will encounter the granite a few more times, but our main destination is the Lizard Peninsula and the rare chance to see parts of an ophiolite, a slice of oceanic crust thrust up onto land. Here we will stay in the most southerly pub in England, The Top House Inn is a stunning location with wonderful sea views.
From the Lizard Peninsula, our route takes us to Lands End and then turns eastwards along the north coast of Cornwall to visit some of the isolated ruins of the tin mining industry, an area whose importance in the Industrial Revolution is recognized in its World Heritage Site status.
After the tin mines, we say a final goodbye to the coastline and travel inland back through Devon and into Somerset and the Carboniferous Limestone Mendip Hills, home to Cheddar Gorge and some of the deepest and largest cave systems in the UK.
Our final day takes us to the City of Bath, our 4th World Heritage Site, and an opportunity to visit the world-famous geothermal Roman Baths before we return to a hotel close to Heathrow Airport for the last night of the trip.
Cost: $US3,095 per person (not including airfares to/from the United Kingdom – Heathrow airport) (Shared rooms. Single supplement available – US$955 pp)
GEOetc Members get a US$100 discount!
To register, click the link below…
PLEASE NOTE: Participants MUST be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Trip payment (including deposit) is fully refundable minus a US$50 administration fee up till COB on January 20, 2023. Cancellations between January 21, 2023, and February 1, 2023, will forfeit the deposit (US$500). Full payment is due before February 1, 2023. There are no refunds after February 1, 2023. It is a condition of registration that you take out travel insurance to cover cancellations due to health or other circumstances. GEOetc LLC nor its partners will not be held liable for any costs incurred for trips postponed or canceled due to events beyond our control.