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FUTURES: Stories in the stones Geo Trail walking tour

Saturday, October 1


Join Dr Jodie Fisher and head back 380 million years on a walking tour to discover how Plymouth has changed over millennia.

Did you know Drake’s Island was formed from volcanic rock? The guided Geo Trail takes you on a journey of discovery. Learn about Plymouth’s once-tropical climate; see the evidence of weird and wonderful ancient sea creatures; and feel the fossilized remains of old coral reefs.

Join geologist Dr Jodie Fisher for a venture through time that turns Royal William Yard and surrounding areas of the South West Coast Path into a living museum. From the natural landscape of Devil’s Point, to the building blocks used to create Royal William Yard’s grand buildings, the Geo Trail reveals the stories in the stones.

Suitable for all the family, you can also explore the Geo Trail in your own time too. Pop into Royal William Yard’s Gatehouse to find printed guides highlighting the trail stops. Each trail stop has a QR code for videos with Jodie sharing fascinating facts and tips to spot the fossils.

Booking information

Tickets are limited to groups of 15 people for a more personalised experience, so pre-booking is essential.

Tickets are available for two timed slots 14:00 – 15:00 and 15:30-16:30

Jodie shares her expertise and answers your questions on a tour with views of the River Tamar. The meeting point will be outside the Royal William Yard Gatehouse, please arrive 5 minutes before your start time. Light refreshments will be provided at the end of the tour.


Dr Jodie Fisher

Jodie’s expertise in micro-palaeontology includes identifying the dates of marine core and of volcanic events. She is interested in the climate and environmental changes during the Cretaceous period, as well as investigating what may happen if small organisms that are locally or globally extinct were re-introduced.

Jodie co-founded Girls into Geoscience, an initiative that introduces young female and non-binary people across the UK to explore their interest in geoscience. Now in its seventh year, the initiative hosts workshops to share insights into the varied career pathways available in the sector, with virtual fieldtrips around the world and meeting female geoscientists and professionals who share their experiences. 

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