This page uses geosites to tell the fascinating story of Suffolk's geology. You can visit them - all sites listed are publicly accessible or easily viewable. Click on the site names for more information.
Claydon Church Lane Pit - spectacular artificial cliffs of white Chalk may be viewed from the road.
Download GeoSuffolk's leaflet on the London Clay.
This photo below of Nacton Cliff CGS on the Orwell estuary shows London Clay, Harwich Formation.
Harkstead Cliff CGS on the Stour estuary shows excellent exposures of London Clay, Harwich Formation.
Richmond Farm SSSI - a disused pit on private land (viewed from the road) with exposures of Coralline Crag, Suffolk's unique deposit.
Rockhall Wood SSSI on private land at Sutton shows a 150m exposure of Coralline Crag, which can be seen from the public footpath.
GeoSuffolk's panel interpreting the Coralline Crag 'island' at Sutton is by the footpath.
This photo of Butley Forest Pit CGS on Forestry Commission open access land shows current bedded Red Crag.
The Great Pit CGS at Newbourne Springs has a good exposure of Red Crag - see our icon for this page.
Westleton Heath Pit CGS - Norwich Crag sand and gravel ('Westleton Beds') exposures on open access land in the RSPB reserve.
Dunwich Heath Cliff RIGS shows Norwich Crag sand and gravel ('Westleton Beds').
Cromer Forest Bed
Kessingland - Pakefield SSSI - the Cromer Forest Bed is exposed in the foot of the cliffs south of Lowestoft.
Till - glacial deposits
Thorpeness Cliff CGS - the most southerly exposure of glacial till in the cliffs of East Anglia.
This photo shows Lowestoft Till in the top of the cliffs at Pakefield.
Stutton SSSI - interglacial deposits in the low cliffs on the north bank of the Stour estuary.
Eastall's Pit, Barham - Devensian river terrace gravels in the Gipping valley.
Knettishall Heath SSSI - this Suffolk Wildlife trust reserve shows periglacial patterned ground.
In Breckland with GeoSuffolk - visit this former frozen landscape.
These occur along the wooded London Clay slopes of the Stour, Orwell and Deben estuaries.
This photo shows Bridge Wood CGS landslide.
Springs and seepages at the junction between the Red Crag sands and the London Clay are a recurring theme in the landscape.
Holywells Park RIGS, Ipswich
Christchurch Park CGS, Ipswich
Otley Gull is one of several deeply incised stream valleys in the glacial till of 'High Suffolk'.
Beaches and Cliffs
This photo shows Thorpe Ness CGS - one the large curved Suffolk nesses extending above high water, which occur along the coast at intervals.
Dunwich Cliff RIGS - swash alligned beach with actively eroding cliffs of Norwich Crag gravels.
There are 8 RIGS (Regionally Important Geodiversity Sites) and 23 public CGS (County Geodiversity Sites) in Suffolk. Find out more. Use the Protecting Our Geodiversity section of the GeoSuffolk Handbook, Earth Heritage Suffolk, for further information.
To find out more about RIGS go to the GeoConservationUK web site.
Simplified Stratigraphic Column for Suffolk.