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Shakespeare Cliff (Samphire Hoe), Dover, Kent, England, UKi
Regional Level Types
Shakespeare Cliff (Samphire Hoe)Cliff
EnglandConstituent Country

This page kindly sponsored by Sussex Mineral & Lapidary Society
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
51° 6' 28'' North , 1° 16' 56'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
UK National Grid Reference:
Locality type:
Köppen climate type:
Nearest Settlements:
Dover41,709 (2018)2.9km
Capel le Ferne1,386 (2017)5.0km
Alkham351 (2018)5.1km
Lydden673 (2018)6.9km
Hawkinge8,002 (2018)8.4km

Chalk boulders at the base of Shakespeare Cliff on the beach to the east of the car park and Channel Tunnel works at Samphire Hoe.

This locality is frequently referred to as "Samphire Hoe", more for convenience than through accuracy. Samphire Hoe is 'reclaimed' land produced by dumping the waste rock from the digging of the Channel Tunnel, and this is mostly landscaped and enclosed within thick concrete and rock sea defences now.

However, the access tunnel and car park (£2 per day parking as of 2020) at Samphire Hoe does provide very convenient access for the beach areas to the east and west where mineral specimens and the occasional cretaceous fossil may be collected.

Generally, the beach area under the cliffs immediately to the (north) east of the Samphire Hoe area is the best area for collecting. This beach cannot be accessed at high tide, and you must be careful not to go too far along the beach here in case you are caught by the tide turning.

Please also be aware of the warnings about rockfalls from the cliffs. Stay away from the cliffs and limit your collecting to boulders on the foreshore and the wave-cut platform, both of which are rich in material and far easier to access than anything in the cliffs themselves.

The marker on the map shows the starting point on the beach where good material can be found. You do not need to go very far from this point to find things.

Due to the constant erosion, there is a virtually unlimited supply of material.

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Standard Detailed Gallery Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List

4 valid minerals.

Rock Types Recorded

Note: data is currently VERY limited. Please bear with us while we work towards adding this information!

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Detailed Mineral List:

Formula: CaCO3
Reference: Jolyon Ralph collection
Formula: FeS2
Description: Small sharp crystal groups and complex twins embedded in chalk.
Reference: [J.Ralph - collected 28/05/01]
Formula: FeS2
Description: Small sharp crystal groups and complex twins embedded in chalk.
Reference: [J.Ralph - collected 28/05/01]
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Jolyon Ralph collection
Quartz var. Chalcedony
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Jolyon Ralph collection

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
var. Chalcedony4.DA.05SiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
var. Chalcedony-SiO2

List of minerals for each chemical element

C CalciteCaCO3
O QuartzSiO2
O CalciteCaCO3
O Quartz var. ChalcedonySiO2
Si QuartzSiO2
Si Quartz var. ChalcedonySiO2
S MarcasiteFeS2
S PyriteFeS2
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Fe MarcasiteFeS2
Fe PyriteFeS2


Mineralization age: Late Cretaceous : 100.5 Ma to 66.0 Ma

Important note: This table is based only on rock and mineral ages recorded on for this locality and is not necessarily a complete representation of the geochronology, but does give an indication of possible mineralization events relevant to this locality. As more age information is added this table may expand in the future. A break in the table simply indicates a lack of data entered here, not necessarily a break in the geologic sequence. Grey background entries are from different, related, localities.

Geologic TimeRocks, Minerals and Events
   Late Cretaceous
ⓘ ChalkLate Cretaceous
(66.0 - 100.5 Ma)

Other Regions, Features and Areas containing this locality

British IslesGroup of Islands
Eurasian PlateTectonic Plate

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