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Beeches Close Railway Cutting, SAFFRON WALDEN, Uttlesford District, TL53253750, Potential Local Geological Site

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Site category: Chalk sites

Site name: Beeches Close Railway Cutting

Grid reference: TL 5325 3750

Brief description of site:

Disused railway cutting between Beeches Close and the County High School playing fields. It exposes vertical faces of chalk, much overgrown.


Summary of geological interest

At the west end of the cutting are almost vertical faces of chalk. The faces are considerably overgrown but could be cleaned. The cutting was part of the Saffron Walden branch railway which closed in 1964. Most of the cuttings on this line were filled in after the line closed, but this 300 metre long section remained.

It is accessible only by a padlocked gate onto the school playing field.


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