Isle of Wight 2015

Monday 21st to Thursday 24th September 2015


Geologically, the Isle of Wight is young. It has rocks ranging from the Lower Cretaceous to the Palaeogene. The rocks are all sedimentary, and are from a variety of environments, marine, brackish and freshwater. Some strata are famous for their terrestrial dinosaur remains, giving the island the name ‘Dinosaur Isle’, with new finds coming to light every year. Other strata contain numerous marine shells. The rocks have been affected by the Alpine Orogeny (which gave rise to the Wealden Dome) and on the Isle of Wight this has resulted in a monocline with vertical strata in places. There are deep valleys called chines and massive slippage on the underlying clay along the south coast.
Getting to the Isle of Wight and travelling around


It is expected that some people will want to drive there, making use of the ferry from Portsmouth to Ryde. Others may prefer to use public transport, again taking the ferry from Portsmouth to Ryde and then the train to Shanklin. Either way, the cost of the ferry crossing is included in the price. Whilst we can probably make use of a local bus on our day in and around Sandown, it is hoped that we can share cars to get us to locations further afield.

Accommodation and food:

The trip is based at a small family-run hotel in Shanklin. Most rooms are double or twin and so most people will need to share. The hotel will provide us with bed, breakfast and evening meals.
Cost Approx £230 per person to include 3 nights’ accommodation, ferry crossings, museum entrance, and museum talk and field visits on Tuesday and Wednesday.

What is not included? Travel insurance. Lunch money.


We hope to cover the following:
• Sandown dinosaur museum tour and talk about fossil handling
• Field trip to Yaveland beach at low tide for Greensand and Gault
• Cretaceous rocks of the south coast, St Catherines (for the sure-footed), Compton and east of Freshwater