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Geoclastica

5 Breakwater Road, Bude EX23 8LQ, England
+44 1288 354240
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Amazing - a must for visitors and locals

I can't believe i have lived in Bude for so long and have never done this before - we organised a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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We looked at booking a private walk as something different to do with the boys. We weren't sure... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2017
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Bude Geological Walks are led by Dr Roger Higgs (DPhil Oxon 1986), who has travelled the world for 30 years as a consultant geologist and continues to do so. In the 1980s Roger studied the spectacular Bude cliffs for his doctoral thesis, and now chooses to live here, 300 yards from the Atlantic surf, running his one-man consultancy Geoclastica Ltd. 'Bude Geo-Walks' operate all year (except when Roger is called overseas), departing on Thursdays at 2pm from Bude Tourist Information Centre. These fascinating 2-hour guided strolls examine Bude’s dramatic cliffs, made of hard sandstone and mudstone beds, zig-zag folded by England colliding with France 300 million years ago, before dinosaurs existed. Geo-Walkers learn how these beds were first deposited as soft sand and mud in tropical “Lake Bude”, home to Bude’s own unique fossil fish, Cornuboniscus budensis, unique in the world and now on display in Bude Castle museum. Bespoke private Geo-Walks are also available, in English or Spanish.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can't believe i have lived in Bude for so long and have never done this before - we organised a private walk for 14 people, who were visiting Bude on a retreat. On the feedback forms everyone commented how amazing it was so i...More

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Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

We looked at booking a private walk as something different to do with the boys. We weren't sure what to expect but right from the start the tour was engaging and entertaining. Roger was full of energy and excitement and engaged extremely well with both...More

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RogerHiggs, Owner at Geoclastica, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2017

Dear B, thank you very much for booking a private 'Bude Geo-Walk' and for giving me such generous praise. With parents like you and K, your two very bright young lads will go far. I'm so glad that you all enjoyed Bude too. I've travelled...More

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Reviewed 29 August 2017

We loved our afternoon with Roger learning all about the geology of Bude. Our children were also fascinated. Roger was very knowledgeable and interesting to learn from. We really enjoyed doing this tour with him early in our trip and throughout the rest of our...More

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RogerHiggs, Owner at Geoclastica, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2017

Ellen, thank you for your very generous comments, and for coming on a 'Bude Geo-Walk'. Now that you know "rocks can talk", you will enjoy them wherever you travel in the world! Regards from Roger

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Reviewed 29 August 2017

Having a little background information on geology and being fascinated by it, I knew this walk was for me the moment I spotted it on the Bude Tourist Information site. As soon as we arrived in Bude, we went to the centre to book the...More

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RogerHiggs, Owner at Geoclastica, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2017

Samantha, thank you very much for writing such a kind review. I am very glad indeed that you enjoyed coming on a 'Bude Geo-Walk'. Come back to beautiful Bude soon!

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Reviewed 30 July 2017

This was an unusual and engaging experience. Roger is an enthusiastic and inspiring practitioner who shares his geological and historical knowledge in an accessible and illuminating way. He caters his delivery to his audience and is a tremendous advocate for the wonders of geology as...More

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RogerHiggs, Owner at Geoclastica, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2017

Dear 'Kidwencha' (I know who you are, but shall preserve your anonymity!), thank you so much for taking the trouble and time to write this extremely kind review. I'm very glad you both enjoyed your Bude Geo-Walk. I note also that you were very happy...More

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Reviewed 13 June 2017

To be honest ~ I wasn't sure why my daughter dragged me to the Tourist Information building to see 'what was on' in Bude. We had the sea and the sand ~ who could want more. But then we saw the advertisement for a Geological...More

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RogerHiggs, Owner at Geoclastica, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

Dear Ann, thank you so much for this extremely kind review of my 'Bude Geo-Walks'. I'm overjoyed that you've fallen in love with rocks and that you now look at the world differently! This is music to my ears. Kind regards from Roger

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Reviewed 29 October 2016

My husband had the most fascinating afternoon with Roger, it was very informative, and he learnt tons about a topic he knew little about but had always been interested in. He covered not just geology but local history too. Roger is a lovely chap and...More

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RogerHiggs, Owner at Geoclastica, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2016

Dear Asparaguspea, Thank you so much for your very kind review. I'm delighted that your husband enjoyed coming on a "Bude Geo-Walk". Best wishes to you both from "Roger Rocks"!

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Reviewed 16 September 2016

This walk is simply fascinating. The imparting of information is not simply about the geology of the area, but Roger also covers a bit of local history (the canal, the lock, etc). Bude is fascinating. This short walk and Roger's in-depth knowledge of the area...More

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RogerHiggs, Owner at Geoclastica, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2016

Dear Mark, thank you for your very kind comments. I'm so glad you enjoyed your "Bude Geo-Walk". It was a pleasure to meet you. Sorry for the delay in posting this response; I've just returned from a three-week trip to the USA, where I gave...More

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Reviewed 28 March 2016

Dr. Higgs does a very good job of informing his guests of the geological history of the area. It's edifying and paced for the audience. Not only is Dr. Higgs an excellent resource, but also a fine psychologist, who notices people's reactions right away, and...More

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RogerHiggs, Manager at Geoclastica, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2016

Thank you Catalina, and your husband Mike and dad Constantin, for coming on a private "Bude Geo-Walk"; and for your very kind review. It's always an extra pleasure to welcome visitors from overseas (USA, Romania) to Bude. I have never been credited with psychological skills...More

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Reviewed 26 March 2016

We absolutely loved our outing with Roger, full of fascinating information - adored by our 6 year old budding scientist / geologist (but perhaps an engineer in his spare time!!) I would thoroughly recommend booking a trip with Roger to learn more about the local...More

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rogerhiggs, Owner at Geoclastica, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2016

Dear Louisa, Thank you very much for bringing your family on a private "Bude Geo-Walk" along our stunning coastline, for the second time this year! I am so happy you enjoyed yourselves, and so impressed at the extent to which you and Andy are nurturing...More

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Vanessa S
2 November 2017|
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Hello Vanessa. The usual public Bude Geo-Walk (Thursdays, 2-4pm) involves some steps up and down, and crossing Bude Canal lock gates, awkward but not insurmountable for wheelchair users. On the other hand, I'd be delighted... More
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