Visit of Geopark President & Launch of Les Morris Memorial Trail

The President of the Geopark Chris Darmon, will be visiting the Geopark on 13th and 14th July. His itinerary includes visits to the National Trust at Croome and Dudmaston. On Sunday 14th he will launch the Les Morris Memorial Trail at 11.30 in the orchard at Dudmaston. This self guided discovery trail covers over 30 locations throughout the Geopark. In the afternoon at Dudmaston starting at 1.30 there is a guided geology walk around the state.

Les in red top, on one of his many field trips


Les Morris (pictured below) was a geographer and geologist who spent his working life as an educator. A wonderful man and founding member of the Geopark, Les had time for anyone interested in the formation and evolution of our planet and the landscapes upon it. Les had a vision to bring this story to everyone by unlocking the vast store of our natural heritage tucked away in stone built walls.

Part of Dudmaston Estate showing one of the many rock outcrops


Exterior view of Dudmaston, Shropshire (John Melhuish)

In 2018 the National Trust joined the Geopark Forum, and a number of their properties fall within the Geopark.

Stretching across 3,000 acres of park and woodland in the South Shropshire countryside, Dudmaston is a working estate with ancient woodland, brimming pools and stunning formal gardens. Woodland walks and car parks at Hampton Loade, Comer Woods and the Sawmill are open all year. House and garden open April to October. Managed by the National Trust.

They have an active programme of events which you find here.

Photo by John Melhuish

Comer Woods (Chris Lacey)