Chalk & Sand Part l, The Eastern Brecks with Tim Holt-Wilson, June 25th

The Third Annual WVCAG Summer Walk with Tim Holt Wilson, 25th June

Chalk & Sand Part l, The Eastern Brecks

Tim’s walks have undoubtedly been one of our most popular events over the last couple of years as we made our way at a leisurely pace down the Waveney. On the way we touched on archaeology, geography, geology, history, palaentology, botany and a splash of psycho-geography as well. And we fell down some rabbit holes. Here’s us last year in Death Valley keeping an eye on the vultures Kirby Cane in a sand pit.



This year though we’re heading further afield to Knettishall Heath and the edge of the Brecks, I’ve always liked this corner of East Anglia, a quietly liminal zone where coastal Norfolk and Suffolk give way to the narrow belt of the Brecks, before they in turn give way to the fens to the west. If the last two years are anything to go by this will be a fascinating day out, so book early

Tim has put together a provisional itinerary for us:

10.15              Meet at Knettishall Heath middle car park
10.30 – 11.30 – Knettishall Heath – periglacial patterned ground, Anglian & pre-Anglian geology
11.45 – 12.00 – Devil’s Punchbowl, Croxton – classic Breckland mere landform, with chalk hydrology interest

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12.15 – 12.20 – Stonebridge, Wretham – periglacial ground-ice depressions
12.30 – 12.45 – Hockham Stone – a notable glacial erratic
12.45 – 13.45 –  Lunch at The Eagle, Hockham
14.00 – Frost’s Common, Hockham – periglacial ground-ice depressions

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14.30 –  Cranberry Rough – classic Holocene pollen site, the former Hockham Mere
15.30 –  St Martin’s Church, Thompson – building stone, interior woodwork, (graffiti?)
16.45 –  Roudham – deserted village, ruined church, former mere site


17.15 – Drive back to Knettishall car park
17.30 – Go home

We’ll be car sharing between sites as parking is very limited in some places. The total walking distance will be about 2.5 – 3 miles. We are negotiating to borrow a mini bus but this hasn’t been confirmed as yet.

We’ll be allocating places on a first come, first served basis as ever, and numbers will be limited, so please reserve your place on our Eventbrite page here. The ticket price for the day will be £10.00 as last year, but if we manage to get hold of the mini bus we will need to ask passengers for a contribution towards it.


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