Join John Scott on this walking tour which explores the geology of the local area, and the fossils found just beneath the surface. We’ll start at Burngate and take a stroll through the local quarries of Acton to find the local dinosaur trackway.
What will I achieve?
An appreciation of the geological structure and landscape of the area, with a little history thrown in. We’ll take a look at the variety of Dinosaur footprint fossils and walk in their footprints- literally! We’ll be a small group, so there will be plenty of time to ask questions and discuss the landscape in which the fossils were formed.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This walk is pitched at a totally introductory level, though it will also be suitable for those with some prior knowledge.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
We’ll take a look at some photographs, models and diagrams before going on a walk to look at the real thing.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to prepare in advance or bring?
No additional costs. Bring sensible clothing and robust footwear. Clothing for hot or wet conditions. Paths can be muddy and uneven. The walk is approximately 1 mile walk each way. The terrain is almost flat, and we’ll take it at a gentle pace.
|Maximum 12 people
|Adults and children under 16 accompanied by a participating adult.
John previously worked as a professional geologist for the diamond exploration and oil Industries, and has a passionate interest in all things geological. He is a Fellow of the geological Society of London, and member of several geological societies. He has a wealth of experience in communicating his understanding of Purbeck geology, and regularly leads walks and boat trips for the Dorset Geologists Association Group, Blandford Civic Society, Jurassic Coast Trust, and Swanage Pier Trust.
This summer John will be leading walks from Burngate to examine the effects of Geology on the landscape; the effect of man’s alteration of the landscape and a walk to view many large fossil Dinosaur footprints.