Rocks and scenery around the Hill Edges

The lower ground around the main Hills lies on newer, much softer rocks called New Red Sandstone and Mercia mudstone. These rocks wore away quite quickly, giving flattish, fertile land ideal for farming.

View to the sea

  • View to the sea

Sometimes the red sandstone is hard enough to build with. Bright red-walled cottages and churches are quite common.

Sandstone cottage

  • Sandstone cottage

Even the soft red mudstone has been used as a building material. People used to mix it with water, straw and cow dung to make ‘cob' (clay-walled) cottages. They usually covered the clay walls with white plaster and paint, to stop the rain from washing them away!

Sometimes the red sandstone is hard enough to build with. Bright red-walled cottages and churches are quite common.

A wall made of cob

  • A wall made of cob