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Knowle Quarry, Shropshire

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It is anticipated that the ideas and materials presented here will be adapted by schools, and others, to be more appropriate for their own purposes and programmes of study.

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Key Stage 4 Downloads
Pupil Worksheets (pdf file, 1.1 MB)
Group Leader Notes (pdf file, 986 KB)
Individual groups will need 10x hand lenses, measuring tapes, compasses and clinometers if dip measurements are to be attempted, as well as clipboards, pencils, rulers and copies of the relevant field sheets for individual pupils. See Pupil Worksheets (1.1 MB).

Group Leaders will need a plastic bottle of dilute HCl, a small plastic bottle of water. A digital camera will also be useful. You are advised to print out all of the trail sections and take them into the field to evaluate your best use of the site, prior to a field visit with pupils.

Apart from the theme of human use of geological materials, the main theme here is that of The Principle of Uniformitarianism, using present day processes to help us interpret ancient rock cycles. Field leaders should have decided which combination of the following exercises the groups are to tackle before they arrive on site. Since there are no toilet facilities on Wenlock Edge parties are advised to stop in Much Wenlock, perhaps making use of worksheet 2 in the process, and making a visit to the museum.

  • Bus quiz: for the journey from The Ercall (for those groups linking the two sites).
  1. Much Wenlock Building Stones
  2. Landscape: Ape Dale and Wenlock Edge
  3. Knowle Quarry (south)
  4. Knowle Quarry (west)
  5. Knowle Quarry Lime Kilns
  6. Jack Mytton Way. Comparing The Rocks with The Ercall (*for those linking the sites)
  7. Lea Quarry Viewpoint

It is possible to extend this Earth Science On-Site visit locally by contacting the National trust, at Cardingmill Valley, or Bardon Aggregates at the nearby Lea Quarry. See Location and Access for details.

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