Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust has developed a new series of geological trails that Walking the Way to Health groups – established groups of people who are walking regularly to improve their health – can use as part of their programmes. Four self-guiding trails have been established in Bridgnorth, Alveley, Stourport and Ledbury, along sections of the ‘ Geopark Way’, a walk that traverses the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark. The project to develop the trails was a collaborative effort between Shropshire Geological Society, Gloucestershire Geology Trust and the Earth Heritage Trust, as well as several local Walking the Way to Health groups.
The four trails promote geology and landscape as an enjoyable and educational part of walking whilst encouraging participants to improve their lifestyle through regular exercise. Each guide contains a map of the route with detailed instructions as well as descriptions of the geological and landscape features that can be seen along the way. Additional information on public transport, tourist information, Ordnance Survey maps, other trails and the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark can also be found in each guide.
The guides costs £1.00 each and are available to purchase from locations near to the trails. Descriptions and online ordering of the guides can be found here.
More information about the Walking the Way to Health Initiative can be found on their website www.whi.org.uk. This project was supported by Natural England through DEFRA’s Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund.