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Address: 5 Breakwater Road, Bude EX23 8LQ, England
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Thu 14:00 - 16:00

Bude Geological Walks are led by Dr Roger Higgs (DPhil Oxon 1986), a...

Bude Geological Walks are led by Dr Roger Higgs (DPhil Oxon 1986), a consulting geologist who has travelled the world for 25 years (and continues to do so) as a consultant for oil companies. In the 1980s Roger studied the spectacular Bude cliffs for his doctoral thesis, and now chooses to live here, 300 yards from the Atlantic surf, running his one-man consultancy 'Geoclastica Ltd'. Bude Geo-Walks operate all year (except when Roger is called overseas), currently departing on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am from Bude Tourist Information Centre. These fascinating 2-hour guided strolls along the beach examine Bude’s dramatic cliffs, made of hard sandstone and mudstone beds, zig-zag folded by England colliding with France 300 million years ago, long before dinosaurs existed. Geo-Walkers learn how these beds were first deposited as soft sand and mud in tropical “Lake Bude”, home to Bude’s own unique fossil fish, Cornuboniscus budensis, unique in the world and now on display in Bude Castle Heritage Centre.

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Awesome afternoon

My husband had the most fascinating afternoon with Roger, it was very informative, and he learnt tons about a topic he knew little about but had always been interested in. He... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2016
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 29 October 2016

My husband had the most fascinating afternoon with Roger, it was very informative, and he learnt tons about a topic he knew little about but had always been interested in. He covered not just geology but local history too. Roger is a lovely chap and knew just how to pace the walk and the information. You really should make the... More 

Thank asparaguspea
RogerHiggs, Owner at Geoclastica, responded to this review

Dear Asparaguspea, Thank you so much for your very kind review. I'm delighted that your husband enjoyed coming on a "Bude Geo-Walk". Best wishes to you both from "Roger Rocks"! More 

Guildford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 16 September 2016

This walk is simply fascinating. The imparting of information is not simply about the geology of the area, but Roger also covers a bit of local history (the canal, the lock, etc). Bude is fascinating. This short walk and Roger's in-depth knowledge of the area and its geology will make you look at the cliffs and beaches in a whole... More 

Thank markguildford2016
RogerHiggs, Owner at Geoclastica, responded to this review

Dear Mark, thank you for your very kind comments. I'm so glad you enjoyed your "Bude Geo-Walk". It was a pleasure to meet you. Sorry for the delay in posting this response; I've just returned from a three-week trip to the USA, where I gave a talk at the annual meeting of the world's largest geological society, about the imminent,... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 28 March 2016

Dr. Higgs does a very good job of informing his guests of the geological history of the area. It's edifying and paced for the audience. Not only is Dr. Higgs an excellent resource, but also a fine psychologist, who notices people's reactions right away, and knows when to continue or move on to a new topic! I highly recommend the... More 

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RogerHiggs, Manager at Geoclastica, responded to this review

Thank you Catalina, and your husband Mike and dad Constantin, for coming on a private "Bude Geo-Walk"; and for your very kind review. It's always an extra pleasure to welcome visitors from overseas (USA, Romania) to Bude. I have never been credited with psychological skills before! Best wishes from Roger More 

Bude, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 March 2016

We absolutely loved our outing with Roger, full of fascinating information - adored by our 6 year old budding scientist / geologist (but perhaps an engineer in his spare time!!) I would thoroughly recommend booking a trip with Roger to learn more about the local area / land formation / geology as well as for a fun day out. Thanks... More 

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rogerhiggs, Owner at Geoclastica, responded to this review

Dear Louisa, Thank you very much for bringing your family on a private "Bude Geo-Walk" along our stunning coastline, for the second time this year! I am so happy you enjoyed yourselves, and so impressed at the extent to which you and Andy are nurturing young Theo's obvious interest in, and talent for, geology. In an age when many children... More 

Leipzig, Germany
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Reviewed 28 December 2015

The guided tour is obviously more than interesting - that's why it was meant to be a Christmas present for my husband when spending our holidays in Cornwall. As advertised online and in the Bude-TIC-shopwindow, we arrived on time (that is 1:30 pm on a Monday) to join the walk. Unfortunately, Dr. Higgs didn't give the tour since two customers... More 

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rogerhiggs, Owner at Geoclastica, responded to this review

Dear Anja, I am very sorry you were disappointed. As the owner and guide of "Bude Geological Walks", please allow me to clarify the circumstances. On the day in question (Monday immediately after Christmas), the only two people (another couple) who had booked for that day's walk phoned the Bude Tourist Information Centre (TIC; the ticket sales and departure point)... More 

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Reviewed 4 August 2015

If you think that geology is boring or 'not for you', think again! In this Geo-Tour Dr. Roger Higgs brings to life a 300 million year old mystery in an exciting and interesting way. Locals and visitors alike will never look at Bude's cliffs and rock-strewn beaches in the same light again. This tour was 2 hours of amazing facts... More 

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rogerhiggs, Owner at Geoclastica, responded to this review

Dear Cornish Maid, thank you so much for taking the trouble to write this very kind review. To hear that you enjoyed and benefitted from your "Bude Geo-Walk" is music to my ears! Thanks also to all my other reviewers, below, to whom I apologise for not having responded individually. I am very grateful to every one of you and... More 

San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 15 July 2015 via mobile

After reading all the reviews we felt this was a must to do and was not disappointed at all. Dr Roger was exceptionally knowledgable and passionate about the subject being a Bude local and Oxford graduate. He answered all the questions and although we didn't cover as much ground as I though we would have it was very good. A... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 June 2015 via mobile

I was taken along by a dear friend and felt like I was thrown back into the last geography field trip! We got over that within seconds and had an excellent time being given in 2 hours the mountain of knowledge which has transformed the Bude Lake into an even richer place to be living in. This is really a... More 

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3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 31 May 2015

We enjoyed a lovely afternoon with Roger on Friday 29 May, having booked a private walk for our group of 17 adults and children (ages 9-14). We were really impressed with Roger's knowledge, enthusiasm and ability to explain everything so very clearly. His passion for his subject really is infectious and our children came away quite inspired. As well as... More 

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Oxford UK
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Reviewed 22 April 2015

Dr Roger Higgs provided a fascinating and really enjoyable afternoon's walking tour of the geological history of the Bude coastline, which fascinated everone in our family group. We learnt about different rock types, how oil is found in rock and extracted, how water levels leave behind clues as to the earlier animal inhabitants amongst other interesting information about rocks. This... More 

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