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A library for geologists…

British Regional Geology

The Wealden District

by British Geological Survey

A personal library is just that, personal. I live in the South East of England so make a point of having a geological guide specific to my region as it is over this ground that I most frequently hike.

The first edition of The Wealden District was written in 1934 and it was only following resurveying of the region by the Geological Survey that additional information and important, newly learnt, detail (partly resulting from oil exploration) that rewritten and revised editions followed.

The Geological Survey has undertaken considerable survey work in Great Britain and Northern Ireland and a noteworthy series of publications has been a part result. Some are now POD (Print On Demand) while others are still available as the original published works.

Sample page from The Wealden District by British Regional Geology

Sample page from The Wealden District by British Geological Survey

Containing maps, diagrams, sections and photographs, all of these guides give a comprehensive description of their respective regions and can only add to an understanding of the terrain through which we travel. Useful geological summaries are also available to download. Three Points of the Compass is going to find these incredibly useful as crib sheets on next years Long Walk.

Book from my shelves:

British Regional Geology, The Wealden District. R.W. Gallois et. al., British Geological Survey. Fourth impression 1992, Fourth edition 1965, First published 1935. ISBN 0-11-884078-9

2 replies »

  1. Clearly an excellent book, which I would certainly look to obtain if I were visiting that area. We in the south west are very fortunate in having a World Heritage Coast on our doorstep. I would positively recommend the guide by Richard A Edwards; ‘The Red Coast Revealed,’ Exmouth to Lyme Regis, which has enhanced my walks along that stretch of coast line.


    • Thanks Colin, I agree, a lovely part of the country and I have enjoyed my walking immensely in that area. Particularly through the Undercliff. I will be walking that part of the coast again next year and am looking forward to seeing how the latest severe landslip has altered it


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