Gisleham Quarry

The disused quarry contains good sections of the Chalky Boulder Clay, seen at Pakefield and Corton. The rain washes fossils out of the beds, and you can find ammonites, belemnites and if lucky, reptile remains on the surface of the exposures.

DIRECTIONS

♦ From the A12, head towards Lowestoft. At Kessingland, continue along the duel carriageway, until you reach the next roundabout.
♦ From here, take the first left towards Gisleham. Continue along this road and it will veer South. Keep going until you come to some houses, with a sharp bend. There is a trackway ahead, but the road veers round to the West
♦ Take the trackway, you can park along the side of the road on the grass. From here its a short walk, further down the trackway. You will come to an iron gate, but a footpath to the side of the iron gate gives entrance to the quarry. Walk throught the quarry and then to the left.
♦ Ref: 52.43413°N, 1.71186°E

PROFILE INFO

FIND FREQUENCY: ♦♦♦ – You can find some nice fossils at Gisleham Quarry, but it is best to visit after heavy rain as fossils are washed out of the clay.Ammonites and belemnites are the most common finds, but most are fragments.
CHILDREN: ♦♦ – We don’t recommend any quarry for children either used or disused as there are to many dangers. In addition, vehicles still use this quarry for dumping building waste.
ACCESS: ♦♦♦ – Gisleham Quarry is easy to find, you can park neaby and it is a short walk away. There is a footpath to the left hand side of the iron gate taking you into the quarry.
TYPE: – Fossils are found in the slopes of the old disused quarry. Rain washes the fossils down these slopes. Although the quarry is disused, the Northern end of the quarry is used for a dumping for building waste.

FOSSIL HUNTING

The Chalky Boulder Clay contains a wide variety of different rocks brought down during the ice age. Jurassic and Cretaceous rocks contain ammonites, belemnites, brachiopods, bivalves and sometimes reptile remains.

The most common finds are belemnites and ammonites. The rain washes these out of the clay and you can find them on the bottom of the slopes in this disused quarry. All you need is a good eye and a little patience.

GEOLOGY

The quarry consists of the Chalky Boulder Clay, formed during glaciation, in which the glaciers scrapped the land and brought many rocks from the north. The boulder clay contains many Kimmeridge Clay rocks, some Oolite rocks and chalk.

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SAFETY

Gisleham Quarry although disused, is now a dumping site for building waste. Although the area with boulder clay is away from the area now being used, you have to walk through the area where large vehicles make it a possible danger.

EQUIPMENT

The best fossils are collected on the surface, which have been washed from the clay. A knife is handy to remove these, but you don’t need any other tools. Remember to take something to put your fossils in.

ACCESS RIGHTS

This quarry is currently a dumping ground for building waste, so please make sure you ask before entering. You can however access on Sundays when vehicles are not allow and a footpath runs through the site.
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