Stories in the Land: The Bedrock Walk

  • Simon Cuthbert (Contributor)

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition


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 2013 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?
Period15 Jul 201319 Jul 2013
Event titleThe Bedrock Walk
Event typeOther
LocationUnited KingdomShow on map