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Simmonds, V. 2014. An overview of the archaeology of Mendip caves and karst. Mendip Cave Register & Archive (MCRA). (currently being revised, 2016)

An overview of the archaeology of Mendip caves and karst is freely available online at www.mendipgeoarch.net and in the archaeology section of the Mendip Cave Register & Archive at www.mcra.org.uk

Wavering Down and Crook Peak, Mendip

field notes 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Thu, January 05, 2017 07:52:06

4th January 2017:

Some observations on a walk from King's Wood to Crook Peak and back.

Wavering Down, looking east from Crook Peak. Along the southern flank Burrington Oolite of Lower Carboniferous (Dinantian) age is exposed through thin soils. The lower slopes comprise Triassic Mercia Mudstone and pockets of Quaternary Head. The summit of Wavering Down is Lower Carboniferous Black Rock Limestone.

Looking back, west, to Crook Peak from Wavering Down. Here a short sequence of Lower Carboniferous limestone's (from left to right in the image). To the south side of the peak is Clifton Down Limestone. The peak is formed from an outcrop of Burrington Oolite, this overlies Black Rock Limestone, on the north side.

To the south west of Wavering Down, the inlier, Brent Knoll can be seen. Formed of Jurassic Lias rocks and surrounded by younger Quaternary deposits.

Alongside the hill top path is a fine re-constructed drystone wall, this re-construction is an ongoing process. Look closely and there are interesting rocks to be seen, like this colonial coral, Lithostrotion, admittedly it's out of context.

This is a fine ridge top walk with extensive views, on a clear day, across the Somerset Levels to the south, and the hills and mountains of south Wales, across the Severn Estuary to the north.

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