Bedrock Walk

The Bedrock Walk drew a line between two communities involved in the RSGS ‘Stories in the Land’ project – Badenoch and Lochaber.  The participants followed the Thieves' Road, the long route used for centuries by cattle thieves making their way south and west from the Central Highlands.

During the week of 15th July a small group of people walked together from Dalwhinnie to Glen Nevis; taking part in a mobile conference, an on-going conversation, a collaborative venture, a sharing of skills and points of view.

The journey was called "The Bedrock Walk: a journey through geological time" and the diverse group involved included geologists, geographers, educators, writers, musicians and artists.

Using as its foundational idea the rock that underpins our journey, they were a multi-disciplinary group who shared, learned, collected and created along the way. 

They generated new stories through exploration of some of the following questions (and more): 
  • What stories, history, music, sound are ‘held’ or inspired by the rocks and stones and land.
  • How was the landscape made and how does the geology determine what flourishes?
  • Why it became an important route.
  • The part played by human culture in the past and currently.
  •  What does time mean in such a context, and what future might we imagine for the places we move through?
  • How does the physicality and rhythm of walking for several days help us to access any of this?

An article on the Bedrock Walk features in the Spring 2014 edition of Earth Heritage Magazine which can be downloaded as a free pdf here (pdf automatically downloads).

Participants in the Bedrock Walk.

  • Bill Taylor, Geographer, Tourism & Heritage Consultant 
  • Catriona Gilbert, Artist
  • Simon Cuthbert, Lecturer in Earth Sciences
  • Linda Cracknell, Writer
  • Sarah Lewis, Nevis Conservation Officer, John Muir Trust
  • Jean Langhorne, Group Facilitator, SpeyGrian Trustee
  • Malize McBride, Artist
  • Deirdre Heddon, Prof of Theatre Studies, Glasgow University
  • Gerrie Fellows, Poet
  • Sarah Hughes, Artist
  • Gill Russell, Installation Artist

RSGSImages's Bedrock Walk album on Photobucket

Reflections on the Bedrock Walk

The Bedrock Walk was a joint RSGS and Speygrian  initiative. 

Speygrian is a small educational trust, which promotes experiential outdoor learning

Stories in the Land 2013.

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