Thermophiles 2003


Special Events and Tours

A choice of tours around Exeter and the surrounding area will be available on the free afternoon included in the conference registration:

1. A Guided Tour of the City of Exeter:Tour the City of Exeter with the Red Coat Guide and discover Exeter Old and New. Historic buildings in the Cathedral Close, such as Mols Coffee House (favourite haunt of Francis Drake and Walter Raleigh); Northernhay Gardens (the oldest Municipal Gardens in the UK); and the re-building of post-war Exeter. The tour finishes at the Guildhall for a traditional Devonshire Cream Tea.

2. Powderham Castle: Travel alongside the Exe Estuary to the village of Kenton to discover and explore Powderham Castle, historic home of the Earls of Devon and still lived in by the Courtenay family. Built some 600 years ago, the Castle lies in a beautiful setting in an ancient deer park of about 4,000 acres. You will enjoy a guided tour of the castle and the gardens including the delightful Rose Garden with stunning views over the Estuary. Finally, a Devonshire Cream Tea will be served in the castle tearooms.

3. Dartmoor and Castle Drogo: With your official Blue Badge Tourist Guide, discover the mysteries of Dartmoor and enjoy a short walk to take in the breathtaking views and beauty of the Moor. Afterwards, take the coach to Castle Drogo, a National Trust granite castle designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens between 1910-1913,and 20 years in the building, for the self-made millionaire, Julius Drewe. The interior is designed for comfortable and elegant living, with an interesting kitchen and scullery and elaborately appointed bathrooms. There is also a delightful formal garden with roses and herbaceous borders, as well seasonal flowers. The Castle commands spectacular views of Dartmoor.Refreshments will be served in the Castle Tea Rooms.

4. Jurassic Coastal Cruise: Travel along the Estuary to the Seaside town of Exmouth where our cruise starts at the western end of the World heritage Coastline. Leaving Exmouth Marina to head eastwards along this unique stretch of coastline, with its unparalleled range of natural features, the Jurassic Coast is stunningly beautiful. It's spectacular features and constantly changing landscape lends itself to a diverse range of birds and wildlife.
Starting at the oldest end, the Triassic Period, the red cliffs of Orcombe Point predate the dinosaurs. On past the large Kittiwake colony at Straight Point, these birds, standing out against the red sandstone, regularly nest on the craggy edges.
On to the ancient pebble beds of Budleight Salterton, to the sea stacks at Ladram Bay. As we travel further eastwards, towards Sidmouth and the lower cliffs are capped by younger sandstones and chalk, it is possible to see the distinct lines of changes from the sea. The further east we travel , the younger the cliffs come. At Beer, there is an area of Cretaceous Coastline before changing back to Triassic east of Seaton. Then, of course, there is the famous fossil bearing cliffs of Lyme Regis, the Jurassic period.
Commentary for the entire cruise is by an expert geologist.

Other tours will be available for accompanying persons during the meeting and the weekend after the meeting.