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Geopark Way Circular Trails

The three trail routes were devised to incorporate a section of the Geopark Way long distance walking trail, with each trail visiting former aggregate site/s that are located off the main trail.

Each trail leaflet gives clear trail directions together with a geological interpretation of the landscape and outcrops found along the route. Emphasis has been placed on those sites were extraction of aggregate material has taken place. The trails were supported by the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund.


‘Mathon and the Malvern Hills’ geology and landscape trail

This 9 mile trail begins with a walk over the Precambrian rocks of the Malvern Hills before heading west down to West Malvern. From here the path continues westwards across ridge and vale topography created by the underlying Silurian rocks. Upon reaching Mathon the trail turns south-west, revealing  evidence of the long gone River Mathon. The trail visits former hard rock aggregate quarries on the Malvern Hills, as also on the hills around Mathon; these feature along with the sand and gravel pits in Mathon parish.



‘Alfrick and the Suckley Hills’ geology and landscape trail

This 5 mile trail begins on ground underlain by Triassic rocks before climbing Crews Hill onto the Silurian aged rocks of the Suckley Hills. The trail then traverses a variety of sedimentary rock types, all of Silurian age, on its way towards and through the Knapp and Papermill Nature Reserve. From the reserve the route recrosses Triassic rocks as its return to Alfrick church. The trail visits the former aggregate sites on the Suckley Hills ridgeline and also explores evidence of the aggregate quarries in the Knapp and Papermill nature reserve.

To download a trail leaflet click here


‘Martley’ geology and landscape trail

This 6 mile walking trail takes you through the contrasting landscapes of the rural Worcestershire parish of Martley. The trail begins on ground underlain by Triassic sandstones before passing onto Silurian aged rocks in the hamlet of Kingswood. From here, teh route traverses a variety of Silurian-aged rocks on its way up and over Pudford and Rodge Hills. Descending Rodge Hill and travelling east, the trail revisits Triassic rocks before encountering a ‘Fossil Hunt’ around Penny Hill. The final section of the trail follows a pleasant route back to St Peter’s church. In places, this route skirts around a line of former limestone aggregate quarries.

To download a trail leaflet click here