When you first arrive at Clapham Junction and Ghar il-Kbir (Great Cave) there is nothing to see! Just rolling hilltops covered in grey limestone rock, Dingli Radar Dome and Buskett Gardens in the distance.
Clapham Junction Malta Cart Ruts (Cart Tracks) guide
Either follow the sandy road to the right as you come up the hill or follow the tarmac road until you get to the bungalow on the top. You still will not be able to see anything more apart from the limestone Quarry to the South but you are now closer to starting.
Malta’s natural terracing?
If you filled in the depression part and put a wall at the front you would have terracing. Malta has large amounts of terracing yet has never had a big population, maybe they used the natural landscape they found.
Perhaps it is the same for other peoples around the mediterranean and the world?
Left or right
When you reach the telegraph pole you can go right (North field) or left (South field) or if you follow the main pathway to the North that then goes West you will get to the main Cart Ruts at Clapham Junction.
To your left is the less visited south field with its own unique Cart Tracks formation, terracing and some very strange limestone geology. It is only 1 minute away, so if you are not rushed for time then it is worth spending 10 minutes looking around. If you do visit it then look at the very grey rocks and try to work out why they are that colour and are like rock outcrops.
Cart Ruts and micro craters?
You will notice with all Cart Ruts that there are no signs around or amongst the Cart Ruts of any sign of damage or the ground being worn away. This is especially true when you consider the Clapham Junction Triangle.
This possible ancient vehicle road has what looks very much like a micro crater in its center. How could mysterious geology feature survive if the tracks were worn away by sleds or wheeled transport moving heavy loads over multiple journeys?
There are many more mini craters found all over the island of Malta. How were they formed? What are they?
Strange Geology – Triangles
Also, why is the limestone rock very rough in some places but within a few inches or feet it can be very smooth?