A wonderful walk down into the Devil’s Punchbowl in the Vale of the White Horse, Oxfordshire. The location was selected as part of a day organised by the local Geological Study Group, who weren’t too disturbed by the company of our two children, Hazel and Kieran, ages 6 &5. The leisurely pace set by the group was necessarily interrupted by discussions of the landscape features, the determination of the angles of various slopes and the analysis of the soil samples extracted using an auger. There are many puzzles to ponder such as why opposite sides of the dry valley have different inclines, how each of the tributaries intersect, the underlying geological forms and the kinds of erosion processes which have operated, both past and present. The dramatic scenery, interesting and knowledgable company and two inquisitive youngsters made for a very enjoyable couple of hours.
Devil’s Punchbowl, Sunday 18th October 2008