Brighton 2009

A visit to the English seaside, London's West End shows, and the Mendip Hills.



One marathon away...


Since we had run out of things to do in Brighton's miserable weather, a short detour was made to visit the Mendip Hills. The Mendip Hills are a large plateau near Bristol, consisting of a limestone sheet that has been uplifted and then had its top cut off. This causes the edges to consist of steeply sloping limestone, riddled with caves, and spectacular karst features like gorges. It is one of the major caving areas in England, and a major tourist attraction.

The limestone, like that in South Wales, is around 300 million years old, but the gorge development is much older than most South Wales karst features, dating to as much as 1.2 million years, being formed by periglacial meltwater. By contrast, the age of most of the karst features in South Wales can be measured in thousands of years - typically only upto the last major ice ages, or so heavily modified by the ice ages that older features have disappeared.