The Wrekin – a false volcano (Volcano week 6)

The 400 metre hill known as the Wrekin is a familiar landmark across Shropshire. An isolated peak amid flat farmland, the Wrekin is visible from many miles away, and a popular belief has developed among Salopians (footnote: a Salopian is a native of Shropshire) that it is an extinct volcano. It is easy to see how this idea developed: from certain angles, the Wrekin does have the appearance of a volcanic cone. View Larger Map Even from other angles, which reveal its true shape, the Wrekin still seems to be an aberration in the landscape: it emerges abruptly…

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