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Exploring Noah’s Flood along the Jurassic Coast with Dr John Matthews

Introducing Dr John Matthews

Introducing Dr John Matthews

Leader and Guide

The trips will be led by Dr John Matthews who has a vast amount of experience and expertise in the field of geology.

Now retired, John is a Chartered Geologist (European standard) having worked for many years within the oil industry.

John has also spent time as a visiting professor at part of London University. He has been running such trips for 14 years.

He is a Christian and also Licenced Lay Minister in the Church of England.

The Jurassic Coast is described as evidence for 200 million years of evolutionary history. By visiting parts of the Jurassic Coast we will see evidence that this Coast bears a testimony to the reality of the Global Flood in the days of Noah in spite of the advertising to the contrary on buses, web sites, etc. Evolutionary theories are therefore rejected.

The purpose of the trips is to see evidence for the Flood in the days of Noah. Individual attendees may not accept that such an event happened. As long as any dialogue is polite, you are still welcome to come whatever your views. I reserve the right to ask individuals to leave if this condition is not met.

No prior knowledge of geology is required. A basic leaflet of each area to be visited can be supplied by email beforehand. This will state the starting place, the route, and what we will see. Printed copies will be supplied on the day.

 

Each event will involve walking the equivalent of 4 – 6 miles. There will be the odd bit of walking up and down slopes, but no clambering on high-angle rocks and slopes. The routes are linear, such that if anyone feels that they cannot do the whole route, they can break off and go back to the starting place.

Anything up to 12 is acceptable. Larger numbers are difficult to keep together. So its first come, first served. If a church or organisation wants their own group to come, it may be better to set aside a specific date for that by agreement with me.

Children over the age of about 12 are welcome, provided they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. As far as child protection is concerned, I am DBS checked, but the ultimate responsibility goes back to the parent/guardian.

Each event will involve walking the equivalent of 4 – 6 miles. There will be the odd bit of walking up and down slopes, but no clambering on high-angle rocks and slopes.

The routes are linear, such that if anyone feels that they cannot do the whole route, they can break off and go back to the starting place.

Anything up to 12 is acceptable. Larger numbers are difficult to keep together. So its first come, first served. If a church or organisation wants their own group to come, it may be better to set aside a specific date for that by agreement with me.

The starting time is 10am on location. The aim is to finish mid-afternoon. In some places you will be able to park free of charge. In other places like Studland car park the cost can be around £8 for non-National trust members. Car sharing is therefore encouraged.

It is not enjoyable to visit these places in the wet, and adds to the hazard of slipping on rocks.  So if there is a suggestion of anything other than minor rain or drizzle, I’ll cancel the day before. So I need your contact details. You will have my mobile number when you book, but it is only in use when I’m out.

Even if the day starts off fine, there is always the possibility of a change in weather for the worse.  So be prepared. Regarding footwear, boots with some kind of ankle support are advised. However, people have turned up with soft shoes and coped. It’s up to you.

 

Food and Drink

Please bring your own. We can then all stop together to eat. In most places there are cafes etc where you can top up missing items, but not always.

Toilets

I know where most of them are, but Durdle Door and Osmington have no facilities once you are away from the car parks. Comfort stops will be included on other trips.

I invite a donation of £2.50 each to cover my costs of exploration and preparation of a leaflet for each visit.

Studland

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Studland, Sat 17 September 2016

We will meet in Middle Beach National Trust car park just off the road between Shell Bay ferry terminal and Swanage ( grid ref 036 829).

Aims:

1) to understand the coloured sands, and their causes,

2) to see and understand major drainage features at Redend Point,

3) to get a visual impression of a major river (proto-Solent) as it drained Dorset and Devon at the end of the Flood, thus breaking our link with the Isle of Wight.

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Lulworth Cove

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Lulworth Cove,  Sat TBC 

We will meet near W Lulworth Village Hall postcode BH20 5SG, grid 823 806.

Aim:

This is an iconic part of the Jurassic Coast, but the explanations for it are exceptionally poor. We offer a Flood alterative. We will attempt to visit the Fossil Forest, but it is currently closed because of a landslip. If it is not open and might be by August for the main tourist season, I will swap the dates with the Durdle Door trip.

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Durdle Door

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Durdle Door,  Sat TBC 

We will meet near W Lulworth Village Hall postcode BH20 5SG, grid 823 806.

Aims – to see evidence that rocks are young. This includes cliff retreat and major drainage features including pipes and dry valley.

**Please see note on Lulworth Cove trip regarding the Fossil Forest.**

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Future Events

If interest continues in these trips, further ones will be planned through the year.  They would include Swanage and Durston (where we see the old mine workings, rapid drainage features, and visit the quarry museum in Langton).  Another option is to start at Coy Pond and feel the force of the Bourne Valley and then explore Bournemouth seafront and the Chines.