Yesterday saw the official launch of the Cannock Chase Geotrail, a 36km guided trail around the geology, geomorphology and geologically related industrial history of this part of South Staffordshire.
Nearly thirty hardy souls turned up for geological ramble around the southern part of the trail covering the Upper Carboniferous Coal Measures, Variscan unconformity and Lower Triassic conglomerates and sandstones. I really enjoy the public understanding of science part of my work and it was a great pleasure to guide such a group of enthusiastic people around the area – I hope they enjoyed the day as much as I did.
Indeed, I’ve had a great couple of summers scouting this trail and last year’s Churnet Valley Geotrail. Rather than just rambling semi-aimlessly (which I enjoy anyway) there is a real purpose to searching down rock exposures (a real challenge in this part of the world), devising a route between them and then compiling the trail leaflet.
The trail leaflets will be available free of charge from local tourist information centres by the end of the month and will be downloadable from the web as pdfs soon. [I’ll update this post with the urls when they are uploaded].
I’d like to thank my colleagues for all their help and support in bringing this project together and the Staffordshire Aggregates Levy Grant Fund and Staffordshire County Council for making it all possible.