The Teme Valley Geological Society is based at Martley, Worcestershire in the valley of the River Teme. The Teme is the longest tributary of Great Britain’s longest river, the Severn.
It rises on the Kerry Hills, Powys, Wales and flows, often tumultuously for over 80 miles through wild and lonely countryside to its confluence with the Severn, a mile or so south and downstream of Worcester.
The Teme in its short journey, cuts through a most unusual and fascinating assemblage of geological features, providing exposures of many distinct geological periods spreading over 700 million years, seven within Martley parish bounds alone. Originally lying far south of the equator, our land was brought by continental drift, through incredible changes, to its current location. In its journey it was several times beneath the sea, a dry as dust desert, a luxuriant tropical rain forest and glacial frozen waste. Ice and other forces scraped off, in places, several kilometres of overlying rock, too. Our exploitation of the local geology may be seen in the many quarries and materials of our buildings, the farming and vegetation, all visible reminders of the strata beneath.
The Teme Valley Geological Society produced a guide to the local geology with detailed descriptions of over 30 sites. Evening talks, courses in geology and field trips are regularly organised, see the web site for details. Evening talks, courses in geology and field trips are regularly organised, see the web site for details.