Leigh Village

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Landscape.jpgThe Leigh sits mostly on clay, and is a relatively flat piece of land around 85 metres above sea level. To the north – around Ashton Keynes and South Cerney – there is less clay and more sand and gravel.

Four separate mineral companies have long-term bases in this area, and are currently extracting more than 4,000 tonnes of gravel from the area every day! When the quarries come to the end of their viable use, they become part of the Water Park, and are used for various purposes including nature reserves, water sports and tourism.

Archives show gravel pits have been dug around the Leigh since 1682

This image, taken from a hot air balloon, shows how flat and rural Leigh village is. The village is shown in the bottom right corner, with some of the Ashton Keynes lakes in the bottom left corner.

Centre left is the town of Cricklade, and the Blakehill Farm Nature Reserve is shown centre right.

In the top right corner of the picture, you can just make out the western edge of Swindon.





Photo credit: Jon Ponting

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