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image for Guided Walk item typeGeology Walk: Cromer-West Runton: Timeline at Cromer Pier


Guided Walk, Wed 23 Oct 2019, £3-£6


Cromer west beach

Cromer west beach

Walking through history - at 4 million years per metre on our timeline of the Universe


Few people, even geologists, can comprehend the immensity of Deep Time. Can you even imagine one million years? We live such brief lives that we have a myopic and self-centred view of the passage of time but the Earth has been around for 4.6 billion years (that's 4,600 times a million years) and the Universe was created three times longer ago than that. I am going to help you appreciate just what an immense amount of time it has taken for the Universe, and the Earth, to evolve and explain some of the major events that have shaped our world along the way. I do this by using the beach as a timeline with every metre representing 4 million years of astronomical and geological time. Along the way we will also encounter some highlights of the local geology, some of which happened a long time ago and some relatively recently on a geological timescale.

The guided walk starts at the entrance to Cromer Pier and will finish at Woman Hythe (West Runton Gap) 3.6 km away, where there is a café. You can make your own way back at your leisure or go in to West Runton village and catch a bus or train.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEnglish Heritage PropertyFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDogs accepted

Event details

Dates Times
Wed 23 Oct 2019 10:30 to 13:00
Please arrive at 10.15 to buy tickets

Events at this Venue


The Promenade,
NR27 9HE


See location of Cromer Pier on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TG 219422  Lat: 52.93210 Long: 1.30130

By car:

By public transport:

Parking: free

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Cromer station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • English Heritage PropertyEnglish Heritage Property
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted