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Report - Lea Quarry, Much Wenlock - November 2011

raisinwing

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Visited with BAJ, nolimitsphotographyDan and his friend.

History borrowed from DHL :)
Wenlock Edge is a wooded area that falls within the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Seven miles of the Edge are owned and managed by the National Trust. It runs for 15 miles from Much Wenlock to Craven Arms . The deciduous woodlands that cover the majority of the steep slopes of the escarpment are in parts very well preserved.

The limestone escarpment that forms Wenlock Edge is world famous as a geological site. Wenlock is so bound up with international geology that a section of the Silurian Period is called the Wenlock Era. Rocks may even be referred to by geologists as ‘Wenlockian’! Much of the area was once covered by a tropical ocean and walkers can pick pieces of coral from the soil as they travel along the Edge. There are so many fossils here that even a casual look will soon bring up many specimens, usually of a small ancient sea creature. Brachiopods, small fan like shell fish much like what you might find on the beach today, are especially in abundance.

As you walk along Wenlock Edge you will see Lea Quarry, which is still in operation today. The bright blue, lagoon-like water of a settling pool there looks very tropical, almost like an echo of the region’s ancient tropical past. However, the colour of the pool is actually caused by the partially-dissolved minerals in the water reflecting the light. It is absolutely not safe to go swimming here as the water is definitely not tropical! It’s actually very deep and dangerously cold!

With swimming off the agenda it’s good to know that there are a number of walks clearly marked out in the Wenlock Edge region. Walking is a great way to get out and enjoy the wonderful natural habitat but some visitors prefer to ride. The Shropshire Way, and the many bridleways such as The Jack Mytton Way, make Wenlock Edge very popular with equestrians as well as cyclists.
It appears that some work has been going on since some previous reports, and pretty much everything of monetary value is gone.
Was a good day out nonetheless with plenty to see.

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