Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Geology-themed walks - Corsham Walking Festival

Corsham Walking Festival 12th-14th June
The Walking Festival has two specific short Geological walks, led by Elizabeth Devon, one in Corsham and one in Box, looking at how the buildings in Corsham have been shaped by the beautiful stone quarried in the area, and how Box’s landscape reveals much about the geology that has shaped it.
In addition, stone features large on the agenda for the walks;  there are walks on Saturday and Sunday where an underground quarry explorer and guide, Martin Burton, will talk to the walkers about the history of the stone quarry in Box Quarry woods, home to rare bats, and its working life as a mine.  Sadly it is too dangerous to take walkers down the mine to see the wonderful Cathedral there, though this can be arranged privately at any participant’s own risk.
There is also a Railway walk which will include details about how the tunnel was dug through the differing types of rock to create the famous tunnel, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.  There is another walk looking at the tracks and remains of the now disused tramways used to transport stone from the Quarries along the Ridge at Neston to the nearby Railway.
In addition there are walks looking at Corsham’s heritage, walks of varying distances, to Lacock, Colerne and Castle Combe;  walks for children which are free, and the organisers have even arranged a 4 mile walk for dog owners and their four legged friends.
The Festival coincides with the Pound Arts Summer Festival and also offers evening events on the Friday and Saturday.
It will be opened by David Hempleman-Adams, Box-based world explorer, who will start the first walks on the Friday.
Further details Booking starts on 1st March at The Pounds Art Centre 

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