TQ5639 : Toad Rock

taken 7 months ago, near to Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Great Britain

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Toad Rock
Toad Rock
Toad Rocks

The Toad Rock (TQ5639 : Toad Rock from above on the sandstone ridge.) is a "Tor" like feature formed by a combination of physical & chemical weathering of Tunbridge Wells Sandstone. An Ice age relict feature. The Toad Rock is surrounded by other weirdly shaped outcrops, such as the loaf TQ5639 : The Loaf, the Elephant TQ5639 : Elephant Rock and the Lion TQ5639 : Lion Rock. The area has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Tunbridge Wells Sandstone

Tunbridge Wells sandstone is Lower Cretaceous in age. It was lain down in large braided river channels. Today it's outcrops form upland regions across the Weald of Kent. In the Tunbridge Wells area there are several locally famous sites. Mount Edgecumbe Rocks TQ5739 : Edgecumbe Rocks, Wellington Rocks TQ5739 : Wellington Rocks, Tunbridge Wells Common, Toad Rock TQ5639 : Toad Rock, Rusthall, Happy Valley Rocks TQ5639 : Happy Valley Rocks, High Rocks TQ5638 : High Rocks, Eridge Rocks TQ5535 : Eridge Rocks, The Chiddingstone TQ5045 : The Chiding stone, Chiddingstone, Harrison Rocks
The rock makes for good rock climbing in the SE of England.
The rock is locally rich in Iron and mining it gave the Wealden area an Iron making industry in Mediaevil times. It also accounts for a number of Chalybeate springs across Kent and Sussex.

Rusthall Common

Rusthall Common is a western extension of Tunbridge Wells Common. It is a mixture of woodland and heathland. The Common includes the Toad Rocks, Denny Bottom Rocks and the Happy Valley Rocks.The area is managed by the Tunbridge Wells Common Conservators.
Website: LinkExternal link
A tour of the common can be seen at LinkExternal link

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Date Taken
Monday, 23 March, 2020   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 27 August, 2020
Geographical Context
Geological interest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 5681 3955 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:8.0255N 0:14.3913E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 5683 3956
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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