There are 5 main areas in the nature park:
From 18th century to the end of 1950s a large proportion of Chafford Hundred was extensively quarried for Brickearth to make bricks, gravel and chalk, with flint as a side product. These were used to produce lime for mortar, whitewash and from 1870s, cement. The nature park was created within the disused quarries with the Chafford Hundred housing development built around the edges.
Much of the area is formed from chalk, deposited from 97 to 65 million years ago, at the bottom of a tropical sea, which was around 300 metres higher than today. The sea retreated which allowed erosion of the resulting land surface before a shallower sea was re-established 60 million years ago, when Thanet Sand was deposited (best seen as the Mill Wood sand cliff). Visitors can walk a geology trail guided by a leaflet available from the visitor centre.
Monday to Sunday
Visitors Centre open - 9.00am - 5.00pm - Tuesday to Sunday
Car park closes at 5pm every day
The nature park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
Facebook: EWTChafford / Chafford.Gorges
Phone: 01375 484016
Chafford Gorges Visitor Centre
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