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EFC Centre at Wat Tyler Country ParkWe are closed due to the Covid-19 situation, but we are otherwise normally open to the public at our centre at Wat Tyler Country Park every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday 11am-4pm, check. We are also normally open on Wednesdays 10am-4pm.

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Fairlop Waters Country Park, FAIRLOP, London Borough of Redbridge, TQ460905, General geological site

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Site category: Thames (post-diversion)

Site of geological interest with potential for promotion of geology.


Site description

Fairlop Waters is a landscaped area of former gravel pits, one of which is a boating lake. The park is situated on the Boyn Hill terrace, the oldest and highest of the Thames terraces. The gravel of the Boyn Hill/Orsett Heath terrace, known as Orsett Heath Gravel, was laid down by the Thames about 400,000 years ago (Marine Isotope Stages 12-10).

The park is surrounded by restored, disused and active gravel workings. Those that are still operating are the only working quarries in this part of London.


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