Gloucestershire Geology Trust


The Geopark Way
The Geopark Way guide book has been published and is now available to order - click here

The Geopark Way project has established a long distance Landscape and Geology walking trail through the Abberley and Malvern Hills European Geopark, and an accompanying trail guide has been published. Starting in Bridgnorth and finishing in Gloucester, the trail follows a route dictated by the geology and landscape and includes sites and vistas that show how both man and nature have utilised and been influenced, by the geology and landscape.

The guide book will be officially launched on Saturday 6th June 2009 during 'Geopark Day' in Tank Quarry in the Malvern Hills, and during Geopark Week, from 30th May - 7th June, the route will be walked in its entirity as part of the Malvern Walking Festival. For more information on Geopark Day, visit Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust.

The Geopark Way Trail Guide is a spiral bound A5 booklet with a map of the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark depicting the route of the trail and an overview of the geology found along the route. The main section of the guide focuses on the trail itself, split into up to 17 geographical sections. Each section includes a map and route directions, interpretation of the geology and landscape and its influence on the areas heritage, and includes features on wildlife and history of the area.

GGT carryied out the research on, and prepared the information for, the southern part of the trail between Ledbury and Gloucester. The Gloucestershire section includes a climb over Chase End Hill and then crosses the relatively flat area between Bromsberrow and Newent, passing by the old Hereford-Gloucester canal at Oxenhall. From Newent the trail heads up to the summit of May Hill to enjoy the stunning views available on a clear day, before descending into the Huntley Quarry Geology Reserve. From Huntley it crosses the low lying Severn Vale to the River Severn at Minsterworth, following the River Severn into Gloucester to end at the Cathedral.

For more information on The Geopark Way visit Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust

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