Hyde Park Corner Tube, exit 3 | Map
Short version: For a geologist, a day's work is sometimes just a walk in the park!
Long version: The stone monuments and memorials of London's park rise like ancient ramparts, and bear witness to a complex history stretching from the primordial to the modern era. On this walk, Natural History Museum geologist Matt Loader guides you around the globe, through the collision of great continents, the rise and retreat of oceans, and back through billions of years of history – without ever leaving the leafy comfort of Zone 1.
David version: A completely different angle on London's monuments. Ain't no other "walk in the park" like this one, opening up to view, as it does, the world and aeons of the building stones in and around London's parks. Anything else? Yes. A walk like this is only possible with a professional geologist at the helm. You're seeing the invisible. And understanding the inscrutable. And to be able to get answers to questions like, "how do geologists know these things?" – how special is that.
In the Summer 2018 London Walks programme – which kicks in on May 1 and runs through October 31 – the London Parks & Their Ramparts Urban Geology walk takes place at 10.45 am on Sunday, January 27. The meeting point is just outside exit 3 of Hyde Park Corner Tube.
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If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public London Parks Urban Geology walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the London Parks & Their Ramparts, An Urban Geology Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at email@example.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.
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