Walk No: MWF47
Earthquakes, Ancient Seashores, Volcanoes and Ice
2½ miles; allow 3½ hours
A little way up Gullet Pass is a turning to the top quarry at the Gullet. We’ll walk along the ridge of Swinyard Hill and continue as far as Clutters Cave, returning by way of the upper slopes of Castlemorton Common. We’ll see: where there were shorelines 540 and 440 million years ago; the small area of the Malvern Hills where there were volcanoes 566m years ago: how meltwater cut a valley through the Malverns Ridge in the Ice Age; the contrasting scenery on either side of the Malvern Hills where there are different underlying rocks; and the ancient rocks of the Malverns uplifted by massive earth movements over millions of years.
The walk is moderate with a few steep slopes. There is one stile. Dogs allowed.
Start: 6.00 pm
Meet: at Swinyard Car Park (Pay & Display)
Grid Reference: SO 765381
Postcode (nearest): WR13 6BX
Walk Leader: Moira Jenkins (H&W Earth Heritage Trust)