Slow down dad, there's 185 million years here!
PUBLISHED: 01:01 27 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:55 10 June 2010
A father and son team have completed a 95-mile walk through time to assess the Jurassic coastline. Eighty-year-old Peter King was joined by his geologist son Jonathan as they set out from Exmouth to investigate the World Heritage site. It was 56-year-old
A father and son team have completed a 95-mile walk through time to assess the Jurassic coastline.Eighty-year-old Peter King was joined by his geologist son Jonathan as they set out from Exmouth to investigate the World Heritage site. It was 56-year-old Jonathan who had to slow his father down - as he sought to acquaint himself with 185 million years of British geological history.The pair returned home to rest each night, ensuring their trek took several months. By returning to explore each rock formation in full, the duo added miles to their journey, which did not fatigue Mr King senior.The former Rolle College professional said: "I was never particularly worn out, as I am very given to physical activity, with long-distance walks all over Britain."I experienced feelings of awe at the environment, and the views we were taking."Mr King's experience told as the father and son completed the final stage of the trek between Weymouth and Swanage. The team took several weeks to join the two Dorset towns - a journey completed in a day by Mr King when marathon training more than 30 years ago.Jonathan, a former Exmouth pupil, decided to walk the coast after returning to live in Saltash from Hong Kong, where he had forged a career as a geologist.He said: "I have never worked in England before and the Jurassic Coast is a very good resource of English geology, so it was a tremendous lesson for me. "We walked through 185 million years, from the Triassic period through the Jurassic and the Cretaceous. The coast is a wonderful resource and it is great that it has been named a World Heritage Site."Mr King's wife Edna met the pair at Old Harry Rock near Swanage, where the walkers enjoyed a celebratory brandy.
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