Walk 30 Chalk & Cheese
DATE: Wednesday 14 June 2023
START LOCATION: Buriton Pond, GU31 5RT
DISTANCE: 1 mile
DURATION: 1 hour
For over seventy years, up until the Second World War, the hillsides above Buriton were a hive of industrial activity. Enormous amounts of chalk were excavated from quarries and burnt in nearby lime kilns. During the war the site was used for secret research into enemy bombs and mines – but, subsequently, it has been abandoned and nature has taken over. The Buriton Chalk Pits are now a Local Nature Reserve. This guided walk will explain the industrial heritage and refer to a particularly rare mollusc, now living on the site, which helps to provide the title for the walk.
Doug Jones has lived in Buriton for over 35 years and has been involved in a wide range of community initiatives including local history and heritage projects as well environmental and social activities. He has served on the parish council for many years and also on the Board of the South Downs National Park Authority and the Petersfield Museum & Art Gallery. He is also a Trustee of a small charity helping communities in rural Ghana.