Steeple Pit - Steeple Hill, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, UK
Posted by: Dragontree
N 50° 38.028 W 002° 08.196
30U E 561059 N 5609459
Quick Description: Steeple Pit is one of Dorset's important geological sites.
Location: Southern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/8/2008 11:52:39 AM
Waymark Code: WM5487
There is an informative plaque describing the site:
'Steeple Pit has been dug out of Cretaceous Middle Chalk (89 million years old). Here the beds of Chalk are dipping into the hillside Northward at an angle of approximately 50 degrees. The rocks have been folded by pressure from the south 25 million years ago in the same earth movements that formed the Alps. The lighter coloured lines across the face of the Chalk are powdered rock produced by shearing as layers of rock moved over each other due to these movements. The site has been selected as an example of these features, which vary in intensity along the Purbeck ridge.'
The Ranges are owned by the MOD (Ministry of Defence) and are used as a training ground. The public road passes right past this site and there is a small pull-in where you can view it. Access to the Ranges is available to everyone via the country roads.
Waymark is confirmed to be publicly accessible: yes
Public Transport available: yes
Website reference: [Web Link]
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Access fee (In local currency): Not Listed
Requires a high clearance vehicle to visit.: Not Listed
Requires 4x4 vehicle to visit.: Not Listed
No specific requirements, just have fun visiting the waymark.
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