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==== Locality 3C, Shotley Bridge, County Geological Site ====
 
==== Locality 3C, Shotley Bridge, County Geological Site ====
  
Shotley Bridge, County Geological Site; access by footpaths. From Allensford car park, turn left along the minor road to Consett. Turn left at the junction with the A691, continue to the bottom of the hill and turn sharply left into Shotley Grove Road [NZ 090 524]; limited parking is available beside the road. The River Derwent has cut a sharply incised channel into the Durham Second Grit (upper Namurian) from Shotley Grove down stream to the B6287 road bridge over the river in the centre of Shotley Bridge. The shallow, almost vertical-sided gorge can be seen at many places on both sides of the river, but is best viewed from the foot bridge [NZ 089 523]. The brown, coarse-grained, cross-bedded sandstone is best examined at the south end of the section near to Shotley Grove.
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Shotley Bridge, County Geological Site; access by footpaths. From Allensford car park, turn left along the minor road to Consett. Turn left at the junction with the A691, continue to the bottom of the hill and turn sharply left into Shotley Grove Road [NZ 090 524]; limited parking is available beside the road. The River Derwent has cut a sharply incised channel into the Durham Second Grit (upper Namurian) from Shotley Grove down stream to the B6287 road bridge over the river in the centre of Shotley Bridge. The shallow, almost vertical-sided gorge can be seen at many places on both sides of the river, but is best viewed from the foot bridge [NZ 089 523]. The brown, coarse-grained, cross-bedded standstone is best examined at the south end of the section near to Shotley Grove.
  
 
Although only two coarse-grained sandstone bands are distinguished at the top of the Namurian in the Derwent valley, elsewhere in County Durham three or even four grit bands are present in this part of the succession.
 
Although only two coarse-grained sandstone bands are distinguished at the top of the Namurian in the Derwent valley, elsewhere in County Durham three or even four grit bands are present in this part of the succession.

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