Field Trip

Winchester - Stonehenge - Lulworth Cove - New Forest - Winchester

 

Friday May 6th 2016, 08:30 -18:00

 

The GeoHab field trip this year will include both one of the wonders of the world and a natural World Heritage Site as well as pleasant views of the country side and traditional delicacies.  There will be plenty of interesting geology as well as possible wild-(and not so wild)-life sightings.

 

Stonehenge

Located near Salisbury, this prehistoric stone circle dates back to ~3000-2000BC.  With massive standing sarsens stones up to 4m high and weighing ~ 5 tonnes, Stonehenge remains one of the most famous sites in England.  For preservation reasons the stone can no longer be touched, but the addition of a new visitor centre and an audio guide detailing the folklore surrounding the site will provide a peek into Britain’s colourful history.

 

Lulworth Cove

Located along the beautiful Jurassic coast in Dorset, Lulworth Cove was formed through a combination of erosion and weathering of clays and greensands.  It is on the beach of this nearly circular bay, that we will stop to enjoy lunch, go on guided walks along the beach to examine (on- and off-shore) habitats and geological formations such as Stair Hole and, if possible, the Petrified Forest.  Quaint villages with thatched roof cottages, Neolithic burial mounds and at least one castle will be visible along the drive.

 

New Forest

On our way back toward Winchester, we will stop in the New Forest, a large expense of heathland and broadleaved woodland designated as a royal preserve around 1079 by William the Conqueror, first Norman King of England.  In addition to a wide range of wildlife, the New Forest is also home to wild ponies, donkeys and freely grazing cattle.  We will stop at an old converted train station for a traditional afternoon delicacy of Southwest England; a cream tea. 

 

Cost: Before March 31st£60 (£55 for students), afterwards if places are still available £70 (£60 for students), inclusive of both lunch and tea.  Places will be limited, please book early.

 

     


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