This wide piece of road beside St Benet church in Kemerton, is a suitable place to park and to start the Voyage. As shown by the arrow walk ahead up this road until you meet a road branching to the left (Wing Lane). This walk will take you on a voyage of discovery, learning about the rocks and landscape and history of Bredon Hill, over millions of years – through deep time!
Turn onto Wing Lane. Notice the materials used in the construction of buildings and walls. Also note the many small streams flowing beside the roads in the area.
While you are in this area make sure you carry out Task 1
Think about your answers to Tasks. Incorrect answers will incur a negative score.
The questions are located at the bottom of this page.
Cotswold stone cottages
Continue along the lane.
Note how some of the stone is of a deeper yellow.
As the lane swings around to the right, continue on the stony track which starts to climb the hill.
Ahead leave the track taking a path running along the top of the large field.
Ploughing of the fields throws up many stones of Cotswold (Jurassic) limestone.
If you take a close look at these stones you will often find fossils and small round blobs called ooliths which we look at later.
As you join the track ahead, take a look at the view over the hedge.
If conditions are clear you will be able to see as far as the Black Mountains on the border of England and Wales.
Bredon Hill from Malvern Hills
Bredon Hill is a distinctive landscape feature from all directions. Like the Cotswold Hills, it is made from Jurassic rocks, but its own journey through deep time has left it standing alone, surrounded by the low ground of the Vale of Evesham and the Severn Valley. The photo shows Bredon Hill viewed from the Malvern Hills, with the Severn Valley in the foreground and Bredon Hill isolated from the Cotswold Hills in the distance.
Towards Task 2
Walk up the track towards Task 2 site, located where the path forks.
Take the right fork.
Task Site 1 Question
Why might the building materials used here be a mixture of stone (limestone) and brick?
a) Local sources of stone and clay.
b) Bricks are used to repair stone work.
c) Obtained from Cotswolds.
d) Both cheap to obtain.