TQ5702 : Dry valley from Combe Hill

taken 10 years ago, near to Willingdon, East Sussex, Great Britain

Dry valley from Combe Hill
Dry valley from Combe Hill
Dry Valley (Chalk)
Dry valleys are relict landforms left over from the ice age. During the ice age, ice plugged all the pore spaces in the chalk rendering it impermeable. During the summer months meltwater would carve a valley and create the feature. After the ice age the chalk became permeable and porous and all surface water was lost leaving an obvious water carved valley, but now dry.
South Downs
The South Downs is one of the four areas of chalk downland in southern England. They extend from the eastern side of Hampshire through Sussex, culminating in the cliffs at Beachy Head.
The South Downs is England's newest National Park, its designation taking effect on March 31, 2010. There are many Sites of Special Scientific Interest within the park.
The area is relatively unpopulated, although along its southern periphery there is an almost uninterrupted ribbon of seaside towns. It is extremely popular with walkers, having one principal long distance footpath, the South Downs Way, and many interconnecting ones. There are three principal gaps in the upland through which rivers flow; and there are also many dry valleys along its length.
The South Downs have a long history; there are archaeological remains from Neolithic times. Until the middle of the 20th century, sheep-rearing was the main occupation of those living on the Downs.

At 886ft, Butser Hill is the highest point of the South Downs.

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Saturday, 24 April, 2010   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 10 November, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 576 020 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:47.7670N 0:14.1695E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 578 020
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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