1 Peakirk (Lincs border) to Peterborough
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2 Peterborough to Farcet – due 2022
3 Farcet to Yaxley – being developed
Peterborough lies on the north western edge of the Cambridgeshire Fens where harder rocks, including the limestones used for many of the important buildings in the area such as the Cathedral, form higher land. The river terraces of the River Nene also provide higher ground. The fenland peat reaches to the outskirts and the 5 metre contour extends along the river valley into the heart of the city. GeoPeterborough is our main partner in Peterborough. A Geology Trail around the city was developed by Stamford and District Geological Society some years ago – a shopping trip to Queensgate can be made much more interesting by finding the fossils in its floors and walls!
The church stands on slightly higher ground underlain by river terrace material (sands and gravels), surrounded by Oxford Clay. The church is built from Lincolnshire limestone with stronger-bedded limestone on the corners. The roof is a modern material that matches stone slates.
Cambridgeshire is famous worldwide for its Jurassic fossils. Peterborough Museum is an ideal place to start exploring the history of life in the area as it has excellent examples of locally found Jurassic marine reptiles including Plesiosaurs, Pliosaurs and Ichthyosaurs, and also Leedsichthys, the largest fish known. It also has important archaeological displays tracing human life back to the Middle Palaeolithic (over 200,000 years ago).
- A Geology Trail in the city
- New Fletton Cemetery
- Stanground Church
- Stanground Sluice and Toll Gate
- Stanground School
- Horsey Bridge
- Old course of the River Nene
- Farcet Fen
- Farcet Church and Cemetery
- Fen View Heritage Centre, Farcet
- Yaxley Church
- Yaxley Cemetery
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