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Walk #32

Geology and Scenery around Purton

Sat 9th Oct, 2021

Number of places remaining:

Grade: Moderate

Distance: 4 miles (6.4 km)

Estimated duration: 6 hours
Walk leader: Dave Green
Organisation: Geostudies
Starting point: Purton – public car park by the canal, opposite the church. If full, park (safely and considerately for local residents) at the roadside
Post code of start: GL13 9HS
Grid ref of start: SO 6921 0418

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Details of the walk:

The geology and landscape walk this year will be around Purton and Sharpness, partly inland, whilst the tide is in during the morning, and partly along the coast, in the afternoon when the tide is out (boots needed!). Mainly flat (three small climbs) with one stile. As usual there will be lots of stops. This walk is suitable for families but not for very young children. All ages will enjoy the walk more if they bring a magnifying lens!

Special areas of interest:
Points of Interest – Purton is where the great Malvern fault crosses the river (as the Berkeley Fault), bringing together rocks of widely different ages (Ordovician, Upper Silurian, Old Red Sandstone, Triassic and Lower Jurassic – from 500 to 200 million years ago) , wonderful scenery, the old Severn railway bridge, concrete (and eighty odd other barges), Sharpness canal and docks, and above all the unique experience of the Severn estuary.
Additional items you need to bring on this walk:
A magnifying hand lens (loupe) x8 or x10
Additional costs required:
Pub lunch available at the Dockers Club Sharpness. I will send out a menu to those booking the walk. Alternatively bring a picnic and drinks.
Please note the following information for this walk:
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  • pub_meal_stop
  • family_friendly

Booking this walk

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