This guide book is for 'The Ravenscar Alum Shale Beach Walk' from the "One Walk, Fossiling Beach Walks - Fossils, Flotsam, Jetsam and Whitby Jet hunting on the beaches of the Yorkshire Coast", series of guide books, whose theme is "Fossiling Beach Walks on the Yorkshire Coast. This book will appeal to those who fell walk or sight see in the North York Moors and are interested in fossils, Whitby Jet and beachcombing flotsam and jetsam.
The Ravenscar Alum Shale beach walk follows the theme of Alum shale and the Tudor archaeology associated with the production of Alum, walking on and along the Alum shale where there are numerous sites of archaeological interest, a Tudor beach cut harbour and fossiling hot spots on this walk. The walk is straight forward, once the descent of Ravenscar cliff is completed.
The aim of this walking guide is to provide circular beach walk combining the passions of fossil hunting and beachcombing for Whitby Jet, with the sightseeing of the numerous historical sites of interest that lie on our beaches.
The guide indicates the places where to find Whitby Jet, ammonites and other fossils, whilst taking in leisure and historic sites of interest such as scenic harbours, industrial 16th century alum mines, shipwrecks, coastal views of waterfalls and picturesque fishing villages.
Collecting fossil ammonites along the along beaches the North York Moors is a popular pastime, but there are other items to find that are washed up along the shores such as Whitby Jet, flotsam and jetsam, driftwood, wrecks and semi-precious stones . There are also scenic harbours and historic moorings, and cart tracks of the 16th century Alum workings to explore along this coast.
The guide describes the method to determine the start time of the walk to coincide with tide times. It also describes the beach walking techniques and the techniques of beachcombing fossil and jet hunting.