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The Geology and Fossils at Far Arnside

This area of the Arnside and Silverdale National Landscape is made up of three types of carboniferous limestone – Dalton, Park, Urswick and is interspersed in some areas with shale. On this walk, geologist Tim Tranter, will introduce us to areas of this limestone which can be seen along the coast.

Tim will lead us through the fields to the beach and foreshore at Far Arnside with frequent stops at points of interest and plenty of opportunity to look in detail at the fascinating features of this area. The walk offers the chance to see all three limestone formations of the AONB and to study the details of a fault zone as well as look at well-preserved different species of coral fossils (depending on beach conditions).

The fossils found in this area represent life forms which in habited the earth over 300 million years ago so please don’t expect a Tyrannosaurus Rex

We are hoping to park at: Holgates Caravan Park, Middlebarrow Plain Cove Road, LA5 0SH

Grid reference for Holgates car park is SD 454 759 what3words ///gent.crumbles.thread (This is opposite the site of the old Leeds Children Holiday Home).

We have to contact Holgates early March to confirm we can park and an email will be sent out to members to confirm parking arrangements. Please park at the entrance and car share where possible. We will meet at 9.30am. We expect the walk to finish by 1.00pm. If you have a hand lens you may want to bring it along to enhance your fossil viewing experience.

Coordinator: Clare Shaw 07827 867188

Guidance for Trips

In the interests of reducing our carbon footprint, the protection of habitats, our treasured landscape and limited venue parking, we encourage you to car share. Anyone requiring transport or willing to offer a lift please contact us via email at least four days in advance of the trip arnsidenaturalhistorysociety@gmail.com We will try to link those who may be able to car share. You will need to agree to share your email address/phone number with the car share driver/passenger to arrange pick-up times etc. You should agree the transport costs between you.

Bring a packed lunch/ refreshments.

No dogs, other than assistance dogs, are allowed on any of the walks.

Members and friends attend the field trips at their own risk and the Society cannot be held responsible for any accidents or incidents.

In the event of adverse weather conditions, check the Arnside and District Natural History Society website on the evening before the trip to see if it is going ahead. For events where you have booked a place we will email you with an update.