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View from Avon Gorge towards Pill

The Avon Valley

The River Avon Trail offers a fascinating insight into the wildlife and the geological history of the south west region. The landscape that the Trail runs through is primarily determined by the underlying geology, creating features such as the Avon Gorge, the Cotswold escarpment, and the gentle rolling scenery around Saltford. The geology has also helped to dictate human activities in the area - from the location of Roman settlements to some of the earliest coal mining in the world. This geology in turn, offers a rich and varied
environment for wildlife and contains some unique species.

Further Information

For more information about wildlife and geology in the region, or to get involved in nature conservation please visit:

Avon RIGS Group
Avon Wildlife Trust
Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre

With thanks to Roger Clark, Tom Vincent and Andrew Mathieson.
Sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund