Marshwood Vale, Dorset
known best for its Lias geology. Consisting of a mixed layer of rocks
including limestones, shales, maris and clays formed over twenty
million years between 180 and 200 million years ago. The vale itself
sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is known for
its large number of settlements and farms. Most of the villages
however sit on the hills and higher ground surrounding the vale. This
is due to the high clay content of the soil resulting in poorly
draining land and flooding in the bottom the vale.
More British Natural features?
Other Dorset Naturals
Old Harry Rocks
Melbury Beacon and Melbury Down