Hunstanton Cliffs named in the top 10 for people’s favourite geology sites in the UK

The cliffs at Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt

The cliffs at Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Chosen for its fossils and striking contrast of red and white chalk, Hunstanton Cliffs has been named as one of the top 10 geological sites in the UK and Ireland.

The cliffs at Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt

The cliffs at Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Around 1,200 members of the public voted for their favourite 'geosites,' divided into ten categories including landscape, educational and adventurous - Hunstanton Cliffs won under the coastal category, coming in at number 7 in the list overall.

The top ten list of geosites is part of Earth Science Week, which is running all week until Sunday which aims to raise awareness of the geological heritage sites.

Hunstanton councillor, Elizabeth Watson said she was thrilled that the coastal town has been listed in the top ten.

She said: 'We always knew that Hunstanton Cliffs were something special so to have them recognised in the top ten coastal geosites is brilliant. They are truly a unique and spectacular rock formation and an important feature in the character of Hunstanton.


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'Now we need to do whatever it takes to keep them from further erosion and the fact that 1,200 members of the public voted for them will help in our quest for funding to protect them for future generations.'

A geosite is anything that highlights the importance of geology to human civilisation - a beautiful landscape, an engineered site, a museum, historical site or structure featuring striking building stones.

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Another Norfolk geosite was voted in the list - under the Folding and Faulting catergory the glacio-tectonic folds at Cromer which came in at number 89.

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