Wiltshire Geology Group
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by Stephen Hannath

THE BUILDINGS OF WILTSHIRE an exploration through the Earth materials used

Wiltshire's landscape is inextricably bound up with the rocks beneath the surface. It is our aim to raise public awareness of Earth Sciences and draw peoples attention to the way the landscape, and the towns and villages within it, are influenced by the underlying geology.

Upcoming Events

Seend's Iron Industry

Isobel Geddes will lead a short evening walk for the Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Society, investigating Seend’s iron industry (1860 – 1939). This circular walk is just 2.5 miles but will look at what evidence remains: a tramway from the main ironstone quarry to the blast-furnace complex to examining local building stones in and around Seend church.

 

Cost: £6 (£5 WANHS members)
Online booking is essential as numbers are limited: 

 https://www.wiltshiremuseum.org.uk/?event=walk-seend&event_date=2022-08-11

 

Terms and Conditions

Stout footwear, protective clothing to suit the prevailing weather conditions and reasonable mobility will be required. Please ensure that you bring water, important in hot weather.
The event may be postponed if adverse weather is forecast.
Unless sold out, bookings will close at 9 am on the day of the outing.

Date and Time

Park and meet: in the small parking area by the canal bridge, opposite the Barge Inn, Seend (SN12 6QB). Grid ref. ST 932 614.

 


Afternoon walk: Murhill, Avoncliff and Winsley

for the Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Society led by Isobel Geddes 

Details of the day:

Date: Saturday 10 September
Start Time: 2.00 pm. The walk is expected to last a couple of hours or so.

Park and meet 1.55pm: in Winsley at the junction of Quarry Close and Limpley Stoke Road. Grid Ref: ST 796 609 (Nearest Postcode: BA15 2NP). There is plenty of parking on north side of road. 

  D1 Bus (Bath-Warminster) stops nearby at the Wheatsheaf Junction.oad. 

Cost: £12 (£10 WANHS members)
Booking is essential - book online at   
https://www.wiltshiremuseum.org.uk/?event=walk-murhill-avoncliff-and-winsley&event_date=2022-09-10
Maximum Number: 14 (excluding walk leader)

 

The trip will be a 5km circular walk starting and finishing in Winsley, visiting the disused Murhill quarry, inclined tramway, K&A canal, Avoncliff aqueduct, tufa spring and pumping station, Turleigh Trows spring and a few geological features in walls around Winsley.

The morning will start at the Murhill quarry looking at the old workings in the Great (Chalfield) Oolite, with Fullers Earth Formation beneath. Then we will descend to the canal via the route of the old tramway. A few of the original rails can be seen near the wharf where the stone was loaded onto barges on the Kennet and Avon canal. From here we will walk to Avoncliff along the canal towpath to the Avoncliff aqueduct, passing exposures of Inferior Oolite. This rock formation lies beneath the Fullers Earth.

At Avoncliff we will examine a tufa spring near the railway station and the old pumping house, them walk uphill to the Turleigh Trows - a spring emerges at the boundary of the Fullers Earth and Great Oolite. Our route back through Winsley takes us past some Sponge Stone arches and ammonites incorporated into a wall.

 

 

 

Terms and Conditions

Stout footwear, protective clothing to suit the prevailing weather conditions and reasonable mobility will be required. Please ensure that you bring water and snacks; this is particularly important in hot weather.
The event may be postponed if adverse weather is forecast.
Unless sold out, bookings will close at 9 am on the day of the outing.

 

 

 


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