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The Smugglers Trail. Geology of the Thanet Coastline from Broadstairs to Cliftonville

by Richard Hubbard & Geoff Downer (2021)

This guide book is written for the whole family to explain and illustrate some marvellous geology whilst spending a great day out on the beach. Thanet is located on the NE corner of Kent and The Smugglers Trail visits some wonderful sandy bays along what is the longest coastal exposure of Chalk anywhere in the country. The Smugglers Trail is a 4 hour guided walk along the foreshore taking in some very interesting social history, a description of the natural environment and an engaging explanation of the Cretaceous Chalk geology. For those limited by time, there is a 1 ½ hour Highlights Tour to visit and enjoy the key sights. Newly published by GeoConservation Kent.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables

1. Introduction

The Founding Fathers
What is Chalk?
Cretaceous World
Cretaceous Time
The Chalk Sea

2. The Smugglers Trail

Access and the Seashore Code
Safety, refreshments and parking
The rocks and marker beds

Stop 1: Stone Gap
Stop 2: The 39 Steps
Stop 3: Joss Bay
Stop 4: Kingsgate Bay - HIGHLIGHTS TOUR
Stop 5: Botany Bay - HIGHLIGHTS TOUR
Stop 6: Foreness Poin
Stop 7: Friend’s Gap, Palm Bay

3. Additional Information

Chalk Fossils
Trace Fossils
From Ooze to Chalk Rock
What is Flint?
Above the Chalk
The Thanet Anticline
The Chalk Aquifer
Margate Sand