Mendip Rocks! is a rock-filled festival to celebrate the fascinating geology of the Mendip Hills.
Step back in time and explore an amazing 420 million years of geology right under your feet.
Mendip Rocks! is now in its third year. The festival offers a wide range of events which tell the ancient stories that have shaped a unique and very special landscape.
Mendip’s best kept geological secrets are very much the theme this year, with many events being held at sites that are either not usually open to the general public or are little known.
The limestone geology has created the highest inland cliffs and some of the most beautiful caves in the UK. The organisers, the Somerset Wildlife Trusts, aim to explore this geological diversity throughout festival events that include talks, walks, workshops and visits.
No prior in-depth knowledge of geology required, since all will be revealed as we explore together.
Events take place throughout August and September 2013. Here are just some of the guided walks taking place:
Thursday 29 August – 10am – 3 pm
A Tale of Two Mendip Quarries
Quarry tours to see two working quarries at Moons Hill and Whatley, within 4 miles of each other, quarrying different types of rock, millions of years apart. Meet Somerset Earth Science Centre, nr Stoke St Michael. Booking essential, Dr Gill Odolphie, telephone 01749 840156 or [email protected]
Monday 2 September 2pm
Wells – A History in Stone
A journey through time to the ancient landscapes of the Wells area, by looking at the rock types used in and around the Cathedral Green on a guided walk with David Rowley. Meet at Wells and Mendip Museum. £3/person. Booking essential, telephone 01749 673 477 or [email protected]
Wednesday 11 Sept 11am – 3 pm
Doulting Quarry Tour
A ‘Quarry Faces community heritage’ talk with Robin Thornes about the history of quarrying Doulting Stone followed by a visit to the Doulting Stone Quarry, Chelynch Road, Doulting where this widely used building stone has been quarried for over a thousand years. Doulting stone was used to build Nunney Castle and Wells Cathedral, to name but two. Meet at the Somerset Earth Science Centre. Booking essential, Dr Gill Odolphie, telephone 01749 840 156 or [email protected]
Unless otherwise stated events are free but a donation of £3/adult, £1/child is welcome towards the Mendip Rocks! Project.
Schedule of events
Please feel free to download a PDF guide to all of the events that will be taking place during Mendip Rocks! here.