GeoWeek: Kenilworth Rocks! Meet ‘The Stones’ – Thursday 9 May 2pm


Event Details


A guided walk of “The Building Stones of Old Kenilworth” (approx 1½ hours)
Thursday 9th May, Meet 2 pm, Abbey Fields Car Park, Bridge Street. Kenilworth CV8 1BQ

Led by Ian Fenwick, Parking: 2 hrs free with ticket.

  • Kenilworth’s stone is 280 million years old.
  • How did it get here?
  • Where was Warwickshire then?
  • Every building has secrets to share and stories to tell.
  • Even the gravestones are alive with stories

We shall take a walk along the Old High Street, looking in on the church and the Abbey ruins.  Hopefully, we shall find out how Warwickshire has moved around the world, how large rivers once flowed across Kenilworth and perhaps how the village once echoed to the noise of masons’ hammers.

The tour is offered free by the Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group (WGCG) as part of GeoWeek, a national initiative to introduce members of the public to geoscience.

Group viewing Townpool Bridge - guided walk of "The Building Stones of Old Kenilworth"

Group viewing Townpool Bridge – Guided walk of “The Building Stones of Old Kenilworth”

Townpool Bridge - guided walk of "The Building Stones of Old Kenilworth"

Townpool Bridge – Guided walk of “The Building Stones of Old Kenilworth”

Bunter pebbles - guided walk of "The Building Stones of Old Kenilworth"

Bunter pebbles – Guided walk of “The Building Stones of Old Kenilworth”

Parochial Hall - guided walk of "The Building Stones of Old Kenilworth"Parochial Hall - guided walk of "The Building Stones of Old Kenilworth"

Parochial Hall – Guided walk of “The Building Stones of Old Kenilworth”

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Here is a summary of other WGCG GeoWeek events – details and links are being added progressively.

  • ‘Walk 600 million years in 20-minutes at the Brandon Marsh GeoWall’. A geological timeline wall walk.
    Sunday 5th May 10:30 am to 4:00 pm – Meet at Brandon Marsh, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre  See: Event and location details
  • ‘Upton House Reveals its Secret Hidden in the Stones’, A geological tour of Upton House and gardens
    Tuesday 7th May 11.30 – 16:00 – at various times during the day. See Event info and details
  • ‘Rock solid evidence that Jurassic Park came to Banbury’, A guided geological tour of Banbury town centre.
    Tuesday 7th May Meet at Town Hall for 7 pm No need to book ahead. (approx 1 hour) See: Event and location details
  • ‘Gold in them thar hills? Yes! Fool’s Gold!’ Why are the Burton Dassett Hills there? What’s in them? Who dug? When? Why? Are they magnetic? What’s that tower for?
    Sunday 12th May, Burton Dassett Hills, Meet 10.30 at Car Park near the Tower (approx 1-2 hours) All-day parking £2. Event location and details
Geoweek 4th to 12th May 2019. Find out more here...