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Explore Trail Guides – Full Set

Save £14.20 and get 25 of the popular Explore Trail Guides for £35.

Titles included: Abberley Village Churches, Abberley Hill, Bewdley Town Centre, Bredon Hill, Broadway Building Stones, Bromsgrove, Byton and Kinsham, Clent Hills, Goodrich Castle, Great Malvern Building Stones, Hampton Bishop, Hereford Cathedral, Hereford City Centre, Kington and Hergest, Lickey Hills, Malvern Hills 1, Malvern Hills 2, Malvern Spouts & Stones, Queenswood and Bodenham, Ross-on-Wye, Woolhope Dome, Worcester Cathedral, Worcester City Centre and Wyche and Purlieu.

Abberley Village Churches

Building Stones & Geology Trail
A short, pleasant walk links the two Abberley churches. This trail explains the building stones used in the Norman church of St Michael, which is built on Saxon foundations, and the 150 year old church of St Mary.

The trail takes approximately one and a quarter hours to complete.

ISBN: 0-9548360-5-7

£2.00

Abberley Hill

Landscape & Geology Trail
The Abberley Hills provide some wonderful scenery and viewpoints in north-west Worcestershire. This guide describes the landscape and explains its origins and takes you on a walking trail largely along the Worcestershire Way. The Way is a long-distance footpath that passes many old workings where the rocks have been quarried in the past for roadstone or building stone.

This trail takes two to three hours to complete.

ISBN: 0-9548360-2-2

£1.95

Bewdley Town Centre

Building Stones & Geology Trail
This walking trail shows how the location of Bewdley has been influenced by the underlying rocks and the River Severn. You will see that a major break in the Earth’s crust runs right through the centre of the town and you will learn about the evolution of the river since the Ice Age. The trail takes you to buildings where stones of various types and origins have been used in construction; stones that were once molten rock or were formed in tropical seas millions of years ago.

The trail takes approximately one hour to complete.

ISBN: 0-9543572-5-6

£1.95

Bredon Hill (West)

Landscape & Geology Trail
Bredon Hill, imposing and slab-like, stands sentinel above the valley of the River Avon in south Worcestershire. Famous for its man-made earthworks, surrounded by a string of beautiful villages, popularised by the poetry of A. E. Houseman and the books of Fred Archer, the hill is criss-crossed by well marked footpaths which makes it a favourite spot for walkers and picnickers alike.

This trail will show how geology and the forces of nature have moulded the hill, how they help explain the glorious views and how they are responsible for a number of curiosities for which the hill is famous. At the highest point there are good picnicking sites.

This is a circular walking trail of 5 miles, which takes four to five hours to complete.

ISBN: 0-9535054-9-9

£1.95

Broadway

Building Stones Trail
A gentle walk through this picturesque Cotswold village looking at the building stones and the origin of the warm creamy Jurassic limestones of the area. There is an optional walk to the top of the escarpment.

This trail takes one and a half hours around the village with the more strenuous trail to the top of the hill and back taking another two hours.

ISBN: 0-9548360-4-9

£2.00

Byton & Kinsham

Landscape & Geology Trail
The geological history of Herefordshire is written in the landscape. It has not always been as you see today. Once this area was covered by a warm tropical sea. More recently the land was covered by ice. This trail tells how these conditions have formed the landscape that you will see on this trail and how the River Lugg had to cut itself a new route after its course was blocked by ice in the Ice Age.

This is written as a walking trail. The maximum distance walked is approximately 6 miles. If this is too strenuous it can be done in sections.

ISBN: 0-9543572-4-8

£1.95

Clent Hills

Landscape & Geology Trail
The Clent Hills stand proud and distinctive in the west Midlands landscape and provide excellent views over the surrounding area. The ancient rocks that underlie the Hills were formed on a dry tropical landmass and this trail tells the story of their formation.

The circular walk takes approximately two and a half hours to complete.

ISBN: 0-9548360-6-5

£2.00

Goodrich Castle

Building Stones Trail
This red sandstone castle is situated on a rock outcrop high above the River Wye. Rock has been quarried from the moat below to provide some of the building stone for the castle. At first glance it may seem as if the whole castle is built of red sandstone. However, as you walk around the trail you will see the variations in types and colours of the sandstones used. Following the trail you will discover how sandstone is formed and how it changes when weathered.

This trail takes two to three hours to complete.

ISBN: 0-9535054-3-X

£1.95

 

Great Malvern

Building Stones Trail
Great Malvern is characterised by the presence of the local Malvern rock. However it is also possible to see a number of other rock types used as building material. This guide aims to introduce the visitor to aspects of geology through the use of building stones, both local and far-travelled. In addition, the trail illuminates the connection between the development of the town on this site because of its geographical location and the natural resources of water and stone.

This trail takes approximately one hour to complete.

ISBN: 0-9535054-6-4

£1.95

 

Hampton Bishop

Geology, River & Landscape trail
This fascinating trail follows the rivers Wye and Lugg along the line of the flood defence barrier, built after the disastrous floods in 1960, known locally as ‘The Stank’. It looks at the river, how man has influenced it and how the area is affected by floods.

This is a walking trail which takes approximately three hours to complete. Do not travel this trail during times of flood.

ISBN: 0-9543572-9-9

£1.95

Hereford Cathedral

Building Stones Trail
There has been worship on the site of Hereford Cathedral for well over 1200 years. The peaceful atmosphere has sunk into the very fabric of the building. The history of the use of stone in the building is an interesting one. At different times the priority has been for local stone, such as the Caplar stone (from Caplar quarry near Howe Caple) used in the original building phase, or for a more ornamental stone, as in the Staffordshire Hollington Stone used by Oldrid Scott in his restoration of the west face.

As you walk around the trail you will notice that the different types of stone used and the different architectural styles give clues to development of the building itself. You can look at the contrast of the building stone with the ornate tombs which use the resources of our planet in a different way.

This trail takes one to two hours to complete.

ISBN: 0-9543572-3-X

£1.95

Hereford City Centre

Building Stones Trail
The city of Hereford nestles in the Wye Valley amid open countryside. Founded in Saxon times (as early as the 7th century), it is thought to broadly retain the original street plan. There is an interesting mix of buildings, from mediaeval lath and plaster dwellings, to Georgian brick houses and stone public, commercial and religious buildings. A variety of building and facing stones have been used that are prized for their beauty Ñ some local and some from as far away as Italy, Finland and Norway. This trail includes a remaining section of the mediaeval walls which formed a semi-circle around the town.

This trail takes approximately two hours to complete.

ISBN: 0-9543572-2-1

£1.95

Kington and Hergest

Landscape & Geology Trail

This trail looks at the geology and landscape in the area of Kington. There is a short trail around Kington itself and a long trail which goes up onto Hergest Ridge. Fossils can be found in Silurian rocks which formed in tropical seas. There is also clear evidence of the effects of the Ice Age. There are magnificent views across Herefordshire and into Wales from Hergest Ridge, where the topography reflects the underlying rock structure.

The short trail takes approximately 1.5 hours and the long trail approximately 5 hours.

ISBN 978-0-9548360-9-2

£2.00

Lickey Hill

Landscape & Geology Trail
This circular walk guides you through four of the different rock types which makes up Lickey Hill. You will walk over heathland, through woodland and conifer plantations, and see panoramic views on a clear day. On this trail are several different types of sedimentary rocks, ranging in age from 488 to 251 million years old; these rocks reveal the nature of the environment at the time they were formed.

This trail is 3 miles long, and takes aproximately three hours to complete.

ISBN: 0-9548360-3-0

£2.00

Malvern Hills (1)

Landscape & Geology Trail
The ancient rocks of the Malvern Hills form a boundary between the relatively flat Severn Plain of Worcestershire and the gently rolling hills of Herefordshire. This guide explains these different landscapes – how they were formed and how they have been modified. It is a story of dramatic earth movements, warm shallow seas, hot deserts and freezing conditions over a timescale of 700 million years.

This trail takes approximately two hours to complete.

ISBN: 0-9535054-7-2

£2.00

 

 

 

 

Malvern Hills (2)

Landscape & Geology Trail

The rocks of the Malvern Hills form a natural boundary between Worcestershire and Herefordshire. This guide illustrates and explains the landscape that you can see whilst walking around Midsummer Hill, situated near the southern end of the Malverns. It tells a tale of deep Earth processes, tropical seas, deserts and ice ages.

This trail takes about two hours.

ISBN: 978-0-9548360-7-8

£2.00

Queenswood & Bodenham

Landscape & Geology trail
This trail looks at the history, on a time scale of thousands of years, of the deep valley of the River Lugg as it swings in a loop round Dinmore Hill in the Bodenham area, and also looks at the rocks through which the Lugg cuts, which were laid down by rivers about 400 million years ago.

The trail is in two sections (1.5 miles and 2.5 miles). The whole takes approximately five hours to complete.

ISBN: 0-9543572-8-0

£1.95

Ross-on-Wye

Landscape & Geology Trail
This trail looks at the River Wye in the Ross-on-Wye area, a valley which is an abandoned former course of the river, the river terrace at Wilton, Old Red Sandstone rocks of the area and the use that has been made of them in building the town.

This is a walking trail of 3 miles.

ISBN:0-9548360-1-4

£1.95

Severn Valley Railway

Landscape and Geology Trail
This trail runs from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth. Steaming through geological time on the Severn Valley Railway, in the comfort of a railway carriage, you will encounter landscapes created in hot, dry deserts, steamy tropical swamps and exceedingly cold Ice Age conditions. You will see how the underlying rocks and the erosive effects of the river have influenced the landscape.
A round trip, with stopping times at Kidderminster and Bridgnorth takes approximately three hours to complete. A one-way journey takes one and a quarter hours.
ISBN: 0-9535054-4-8

£1.95 (limited availability)

Symonds Yat

Landscape & Geology trail
The view from Yat Rock is arguably one of the most beautiful in the country. The rock has attracted visitors for many years for aesthetic reasons. It is the geological and landscape history of the area that underlies this beauty. The aim of this short trail is to explain that history, to interpret the views and to add an extra layer of interest and understanding.

This driving/walking trail covers approximately 2 miles and takes one to two hours to complete.

ISBN: 0-9535054-2-1

£1.95 (limited availability)

Wigmore Glacial Lake

Landscape & Geology Trail

This trail guide was the Winner of the Lasmo Geological Challenge Award 2001

Imagine Herefordshire as a semi-desert devoid of life when life on land has hardly yet begun. Imagine Herefordshire as a warm tropical sea. Imagine this piece of land was once at a latitude much nearer the equator than today. Imagine Herefordshire covered in ice up to 300 metres thick. The hills and valleys so familiar to us consist of rocks formed over many millions of years on coastal plains around deserts and in tropical seas. These rocks have been eroded and shaped by the effects of water, wind and ice into the scenery we see today. But this is not the end of the story as we shall see. The landscape is constantly being changed by nature’s dynamic forces.

This driving/walking trail covers around 12 miles and takes two to three hours to complete.

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Woolhope Dome

Landscape & Geology Trail
The Woolhope Dome is an area of hills to the east and south-east of Hereford and can be approached on the B4224 road to Mordiford. On reaching Mordiford the hills rise abruptly from the flood plain of the rivers Lugg and Wye to Bagpiper’s Tump near the village. Their impressive appearance can be seen on almost any approach to the area but it belies the more gentle landscape beyond.

This driving trail is approximately 10 miles long and will take three to four hours to complete.

ISBN: 0-9543572-7-2

£1.95

Worcester Cathedral

Building Stones Trail
The building stones used in Worcester Cathedral were formed in many different time periods and in many different geological environments. This trail is an introduction to time travel through the geological periods in the magnificent setting of Worcester Cathedral. The cathedral has been the subject of several phases of construction and restoration. As you walk around you will see that different architects have used a diverse range of building stones in their work. This guide identifies and explains the origin of some of these stones.

This building stones trail takes two to three hours to complete.

ISBN: 0-9535054-5-6

£1.95

Worcester City Centre

Building Stones Trail
The trail starts and finishes at the Guildhall, on the High Street. This elegant eighteenth century building is one of the finest Guildhalls of its type in the country and is a harmonious blend of brick and natural stone. The examples of building stone, which are described in the guide, have been selected to illustrate both local types, usually found in the oldest buildings and more exotic rocks which became available later.

The trail follows a circular route and takes about one and a half hours to complete.

ISBN: 0-9543572-1-3

£1.95

Wyche and Purlieu

Geology & Landscape Trail
This walking trail covers a diverse range of landscape and geology features. The visitor will take in views across the relatively flat Severn Plain and compare them with views across the rolling limestone hills of eastern Herefordshire. The visitor will also walk over some of the oldest rocks in the British Isles, before descending through terrain that once graced the bottom of a warm shallow sea. The route follows part of an old salt way, a pack horse track used for transporting salt from Droitwich. The track ran from the Rhydd Ferry on the River Severn, across the Malvern Hills at the Old Wyche Road, down The Purlieu and on to Bosbury.

This trail takes approximately two hours to complete.

ISBN: 0-9543572-0-5

£1.95

Wye Gorge

Landscape & Geology Trail
This walk will guide you through sandstone and limestone landscape features and the rocks of two geological periods, the Devonian which started 395 million years ago and the Carboniferous which started 345 million years ago. You will see how the rocks contain evidence which reveals the nature of the environment at the time they were formed.

This trail takes three to four hours.

ISBN: 0-9543572-6-4

£1.95