Herefordshire & Worcestershire is a particularly special area of the country as so many geological periods are represented. The story of geological time is written in the landscape from the ancient rocks of the Malvern Hills (700 million years old) to the ‘recent’ glacial and river deposits in the valleys of the rivers Avon, Severn and Wye. The explore series of building stones and geology & landscape trail guides presents these geological stories to visitors who enjoy the countryside and would like to know a little more.
The Trust’s Explore series of trail guides now has 26 publications. These attractive laminated guides have been given sparkling reviews by their peers and have been well received by the public. They look at building stones, landscape and geology of locations within Herefordshire & Worcestershire. Written in a friendly manner, they can be understood by anyone with an interest in geology. There are text boxes for those who would like to delve a little deeper into the subject. Some also include an interesting free biodiversity and/or archaeology insert. Many of these trails, such as those based on the two cathedrals and city centres and town centres, can be followed at a gentle pace whereas others are better suited to more experienced walkers and may require stout footwear. For some a map is suggested. You can even follow a trail from the comfort of a Severn Valley Railway carriage and the Malvern Hills trail has cyclists in mind.
Details regarding parking, refreshments, availability of toilets, maps and any special recommendations or requirements are given with each guide. Many of the guides also include a free insert telling the stories of plants and animals plus local history and architecture and how they all can be seen on the trail.
A booklet published by the Trust about the Explore Trail Guide series is available for download, it includes a map with the locations of all the trails. To request a free copy of the booklet about the guides, or to purchase individual guides (£1.95 each) contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Selected trails are available from the locations themselves where appropriate, and local Tourist Information Centres. They are listed by Book Data and may be ordered through any high street bookseller.
To view descriptions of each Explore trail guide please click here.