GuidesMagazineShopBuy FossilsJoin Hunts
sd41
Hi Gary W

that's good to know, the MLMS sounds interesting. I'm based in Plumstead SE18. It's possible for me to get to Rochester direct by train in approx 35-40 mins. Plus I love it in Rochester... so much more picturesque than my neck of the woods. However mentioning the word 'woods', I do have Abbey Wood on my doorstep, only about 15 mins walk... where you can find Eocene shark teeth! That's certainly not to be sniffed at. Now that is a great spot. 

Many thanks for the info.

sd41 
Fossil hunting...What a rush! :)
Quote 0 0
piesandbeer

Does anyone know of any good inland fossil hunting locations in Kent,  particularly around the Maidstone or Medway areas?  I'm not far away from Folkestone, Sheppey or Herne Bay but all those place require between 35 and 45 minutes in the car.  It would be good if there was somewhere close to home, also would be nice not to have to worry about tides from time to time :-)

Thanks Folks

Mark

Quote 0 0
sd41
Hi Mark,

try this site for Kent fossil hunting:

  www.ukfossils.co.uk/kent.htm

As far as inland goes, well I suppose anywhere in the Kent region that is exposed has a potential. Gideon Mantell himself unearthed an Iguanodont in Maidstone. The website does suggest a couple of quarries that may interest you, good for brachiopods etc.

Hope this is useful?

Stacey :)
Fossil hunting...What a rush! :)
Quote 0 0
sd41
Just for fun... you may or may not enjoy this read? 

Fossilized dinosaur unearthed in Kent.



Fossil hunting...What a rush! :)
Quote 0 0
Dream Weaver
sd41 wrote:
Hi Mark,

try this site for Kent fossil hunting:

  www.ukfossils.co.uk/kent.htm

As far as inland goes, well I suppose anywhere in the Kent region that is exposed has a potential. Gideon Mantell himself unearthed an Iguanodont in Maidstone. The website does suggest a couple of quarries that may interest you, good for brachiopods etc.

Hope this is useful?

Stacey :)


Have you tried contacting Aylesford Quarry about permission to collect there...? 
I think, therefore I am; I drink, therefore I'm no longer sure...
Quote 0 0
Dream Weaver
To be fair though, Piesandbeer, I think most on here would kill for such great locations being a mere 35-45 mins away from their doorstep. ;)

Not that I count myself as a typical example, but I'm in North Londinium, so even by HS1, Folkestone is still (only) about 70 mins from St Pancras International (and that's aside from the journey to St Pancras, and from Folkestone Central to Copt Point). And I'm also one of the 'lucky ones', for the journey time being so short ;)

Half glass three-quarters full, methinks... 

I think, therefore I am; I drink, therefore I'm no longer sure...
Quote 0 0
piesandbeer

Thanks folks,

It hasn't passed me by the fact that I'm lucky to be close to a number of cool places to go fossiling. :-) Just greedy I guess....!

When I was growing up my friends and I spent a good part of our summers playing in the local chalk pits round Burham, which is kind of halfway between Maidstone & Chatham. (I can't imagine anyone letting their children do that now!) I found out recently that the pits we played in have turned out some quite impressive fossils over the years,  and I was thinking of going back to have a look,  but now they are RIGS sites and fenced off (probably to stop irresponsible children getting in and injuring themselves :-) ) link to web page below

http://www.kentrigs.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=54&Itemid=21

As an aside, this pit was for sale on Right Move last year, if I'd had a spare ƒâ€š‚£200k I'd been able to have my own fossil hunting site!  Anyway that's what got me thinking, as the chalk pops up in various places in the surrounding woods.  I've not really got my head around the geology side of things yet,  if I put my mind to it I guess it must be possible to work out were the more fossiliferous chalks come to the surface?

Also with reference to the RIGS sites,  has anyone had any experience of trying to get into these sort of places to hunt?

I also noticed someone made reference to having been to the Medway Gap in a post recently,  I can see where that is on the map, but no idea where specifically to look for fossils does anyone know?

OK... stop typing Mark this is turning into a stream of consciousness... :-)


 





Quote 0 0
Moleskin


Hi matey

Don't rule out access to the RIGS, just get yourself organised, faced with a similarly situation locally to me I arranged a trip through the local geology trust and then discovered they were looking for new geo wardens, so I now run trips to local sites looked after by the trust for local schools and other groups. It's a lot of fun and gives something back to the local community. Your trust will likely be glad of the offer of help.

Vik

Every day brings opportunities to try new things
Quote 0 0
beatpete
From my house, Folkestone is about 1,106 miles, roughly 20 hours by car and 4 or 5 hours by plane and train.

Beatpete
----------------
Anywhere for little ammonites, twice as far for big ones!
Quote 0 0
piesandbeer

Now you've put it like that 45 minutes dosen't seem very far at all :-)


Quote 0 0
GeoChalk
Hi Mark

If you drive along the A20 near Lenham, you can see a chalk exposure along the North Downs. This is known as 'Lenham Chalk Cliffs' on Hubbards Hill. This is a SSSI. You may find Bivalves, Sponges, Brachiopods and even fish scales.

Hope this helps...

David
Quote 0 0
Bill G

Joining/looking here might help http://www.kgg.org.uk/out2004.html
Cheers, Bill
Quote 0 0
cauder

Hi Bill.
I received a mail which told me that you sent a private message but no way to find/read it.
Any indication to access to private massage bord is welcome (nothing on the top left relating to private messages ?)
Thanks
Cauder.
Quote 0 0
Bill G

Hi Cauder, the private messages can be accessed in 'New Messages' next to 'Member Control Panel', bottom line of header, on the left. You may not be able to receive them yet as new to forum. It was regarding Weardale Fluorite, you asked to swap. Requests for swaps, sales, etc are not permitted, so I edited your post and sent the pm to let you know why.
Edited by Bill G 2015-01-05 21:06:33
Cheers, Bill
Quote 0 0
cauder

Hi Bill.
Thanks for your answer. I join the forum recently and was not aware that swap demands was forbidden.
To give my opnion, I am a litle bit surprise about that rule as it is often interesting to exchange specimen between fossils&minerals hunters to get new samples & diversify collection ... without speaking money.
But, ok , I note that and will respect.
Regards
Cauder
Quote 0 0
Gary W


There are a few quarries in Kent that can still be collected in, but with current Health & Safety it is not usually possible for an individual to obtain access.  There is a fossil collecting club in Medway,  Medway Fossil & Mineral Society that I belong to and we have an annual trip to one of the few working Ragstone quarries near Maidstone.  (as well as other trips to Kent and the rest of the country)

We meet every week (except Holidays) in Rochester, see the website MLMS.ORG.UK for details, new members are most welcome.


Gary
Quote 0 0
sd41
Ohhhhh... how exciting. I've just seen that sending that last post has just made me a 'Jurassic Jumper'. I now have two stars!!!!! Woohoo 
Simple pleasures for a simple mind.

sd41
Fossil hunting...What a rush! :)
Quote 0 0
Write a reply...


Discussions on fossils, fossil hunting, rocks, locations, and identifying your finds.
(C)opyright 2019 - UKGE Ltd and UK Fossils - Contact us