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Field trip to Undercliff and Goat Island (Geology Section)

Wed. 1 May 2024 at 1:30 pm

£5 – £7

Richard Edmonds will lead a field trip to Undercliff and Goat Island near Lyme Regis.

We will meet near the river in Axmouth at 1.30pm (time subject to confirmation)

Richard Edmonds says:

The trip involves a 3 mile walk mostly on the coast path with some short steep ascents and descents BUT one long climb at the start IF we meet at the river.

Stout footwear is essential. You must be reasonably fit and agile for this event. Bring extra fluids if the weather is hot. The coast path and access paths will be slippery if wet. Ticks are present, particularly in the long, grassy areas. It is advisable to wear long sleeves and trousers tucked in and check oneself regularly and especially at the end of the day. Remove ticks as soon as possible and seek medical advice if a rash develops following a tick bite or if you feel unwell.

The Great Bindon landslip 1839

On Christmas Eve 1839 a massive section of cliff between Axmouth and Lyme Regis slid towards the sea forming ‘Goat Island’ and the ‘Chasm’ on the landward side. Three houses were destroyed and around 26 acres of land slid down slope.

Geologists Rev William Conybeare and Dr William Buckland were in Lyme at the time, so were quickly on the scene. In 1840 they produced the first fully scientific report about a major landslip – The Bindon Landslip of 1839. This was illustrated with coloured maps and sections by William Dawson and engravings by Mary Buckland. Lyme Regis Museum website has really good information on these.

Booking for this field trip is required via the Organiser (details below). £5.00 for DA members and £7.00 for non-members


Wed. 1 May 2024
1:30 pm
£5 – £7
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Geology trips (Jenny Bennett)
01647 24033