ST4539 : Old peat workings on Walton Heath

taken 10 years ago, near to Meare, Somerset, Great Britain

Old peat workings on Walton Heath
Old peat workings on Walton Heath
The unusual linear pattern in this lake is a result of the way the peat was extracted. Fisons PLC, who excavated this ground, had several peat-cutting machines. The machines would go up and down the grounds in lines cutting small blocks, called mumps, as they went. The lines which were cut were known as 'heads'. The linear features in this picture are the remains of the heads after cutting had ceased and the ground was allowed to flood.

A picture of one of the peat cutting machines can be seen at LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link )

It is now Ham Wall RSPB Reserve.
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Saturday, 2 February, 2008   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 4 February, 2008
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Nature reserve > Nature Reserve   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 455 394 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:9.1128N 2:46.8359W
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 455 395
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