We are pleased to participate in the Festival of Geology by running a guided walk on Saturday 8th October on the Fen Edge Trail from Reach to Burwell, including visiting two of our Local Geological Sites, Carter;s Pit and Castle Spring at Burwell.

Saturday 8th October 2022 c.10 to 10.30 am (TBA)   BOOKING NEEDED

This walk makes use of the bus between Reach and Burwell to travel one way and walk back (or you can arrange to car share and leave a car at each end). The walk will start in Reach around 10 -10:30 am (exact time to be announced, depending on the bus timetable). We will have a brief look at the Totternhoe Stone quarry site in Reach, before walking a section of the Devil’s Dyke earthworks – passing the site of a Roman villa. We then cut into Burwell via Pauline’s Swamp nature reserve where (assuming there has been some rain) we can see some chalk springs. After crossing Stephen’s castle, we stop at Castle Spring LGS to see a rare exposure of the base of the Totternhoe Stone before travelling uphill and up the rock succession to Carter’s Pit – a disused quarry once dug to win the famous Chalk ‘clunch’ (the Totternhoe Stone again). We then make our way through the village – passing several historic sites and taking in the variety of local building stones in the walls and houses. The walk finishes at the edge of the Fens, once more, near the old industrial wharves on the Catchwater, running into Burwell Lode.
Length of walk 4.1 miles (approx 2.5 hours). For a slightly shorter option you can finish in the village centre rather than walk on to the lode. There should be the opportunity to grab a lunch in the various hostelries or the village coffee shop. Meeting place, exact timings and full details given on booking. Free to CGS members and to non-members in celebration of the Festival of Geology. For more information and to download the published Walk Guide see he Fen Edge Trail.



Cambridgeshire Geological Society

Promoting interest in the geology of Cambridgeshire, the UK and worldwide

Monthly talks and occasional local field trips – everyone welcome (small charge for non members although talks free on zoom)
Assessment and designation of Local Geological Sites – training and information on local geology given
Helping to design walks on our Fen Edge Trail – a great way to get to know the local geology and landscape heritage
Plus newsletters, other events & informative websites. Keep in touch including twitter @CambsGeology @FenEdgeTrail

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