The rocks along the Geopark Way tell amazing stories of continental collision, of tropical seas, hot deserts, equatorial swamps and coastal lagoons and of vast ice sheets and polar deserts. But just as interesting are the building stones of churches, bridges, town halls, cottages and even a cathedral. These stories can be followed in the guidebook, across different parts of the four counties that make up the Geopark and they deliver a totally new perspective on long distance walking.
The Geopark Way trail guide conveniently splits the Geopark Way trail into 17 comfortable day walks. Each of these 17 sections describes and interprets the geological sites found along the trail. The geology is peppered with interesting facts about the area, along with comprehensive route directions. Each trail section within the guide is headed by a map detailing the route and sites of interest.
The geology and landscape encountered on the Geopark Way is described in a manner suitable for people with no previous knowledge of Earth Science. For those with an understanding of the subject, the Geopark Way is a great opportunity to further their discovery of the geological evolution of the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark (well, 109 miles of it at least!).
Geology is best understood and appreciated from outside of four walls. All the same the there are a number of fundamental principles to get your heads around to fully appreciate the wonder of what you see along the trail, for example: geological time (we’re talking millions of years here). Such fundamental concepts are covered in the trail guides introduction. The guide also makes use of diagrams, annotated photos and line drawing to explain what is being seen. A concise glossary covers all terms used within the guide.
It is possible to combine a walk on the Geopark Way with a trip on the Severn Valley Railway, with the use of bus and train connections, with visitor centres packed with interest and with top quality bed and breakfast and hotel accommodation. Thus the Geopark Way trail guide comes with a slim supplementary booklet that details useful information on public transport routes, tourist amenities and attractions, further geological walks and countryside sites within the Geopark along with other information to add to a fantastic Geopark Way experience.
Click here to download a GWT-Tourism Booklet (updated Autumn 2012)
The University of Worcester provides a range of accommodation during the Summer vacation from June to September including Bed & Breakfast, self-catering and group travel deals. The accommodation is suitable for individuals, families and groups and provides the perfect base for exploring the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark.
For tourist information in the districts through which the Geopark Way passes, please follow the links below.
- Cleobury Country
- Wyre Forest
- Worcestershire (including the Malvern Hills)
The Geopark Way trail guide is available from a number of locations including many Tourist Information Centres, bookshops, museums, tourist attractions and businesses along the route of the trail. It is listed by Book Data and may be ordered through any high street bookseller.
A sample version of the guide is available to download for preview (note: this is a 3 MB download and you will need Adobe Acrobat). The complete guide is available direct from the Trust. Tel: 01905 855184. An Order Form is available for download.