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A Report of LGA Field Events held during Summer 2017


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The 2017 Field Visit Reports booklet - containing full reports for each excursion of the 2017 field calendar - can be viewed using the link on the right. The file size is 1.50 MB and the format is pdf.

Please note: The field reports are personal accounts of LGA field excursions, written by a members of the LGA, recording their impressions of the event. They are intended as a summary of the geology of the area visited. The routes described may not be suitable for use by individuals and/or groups and do not necessarily follow an established path or public right of way.

Field Programme: 2017

7 June 2017
Wednesday Daytime
Ribblesdale: Dry Rigg and Arcow Quarries
Newfield Crag
Mik Cardus - Tarmac
Gary Jaques - Tarmac
Bill Fraser - LGA
25 June 2017
Sunday Daytime
The Chalk at Flamborough Head:
on Foot and by Boat
Paul Hildreth
29 July 2017
Saturday Daytime
The Geology and Landscape of Baildon Moor Dr Gareth Martin
12 Aug 2017
Saturday Daytime
Yoredale Cyclothems and Mineralisation
in the Northern Pennines
Midddlehope Burn, Weardale, County Durham
Brian Young
Durham University
3 Sept 2017
Sunday Daytime
Castleton: Carbonate Platform Margins Dr Cathy Hollis
Manchester University
Sept/Oct 2017
Residential Visit : Norfolk  

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Excursion Details
Wednesday 7th June 2017 — Ribblesdale

Leaders: Mik Cardus (Unit Manager Tarmac, Dry Rigg) Gary Jaques (Unit Manager Tarmac, Arcow) and Bill Fraser (Leeds Geological Association).


These quarries both work steeply dipping and folded rocks of Silurian age; Dry Rigg the Horton Formation, Arcow the Austwick Formation. Rocks and structures will be viewed and examined and quarry operations explained. At Dry Rigg Quarry, which is surrounded on one side by Swarth Moor SSSI this will, dependant on operations, involve a walk into the quarry which has steep slopes as it works to a depth of 90 metres. At Arcow Quarry the newly installed railhead will seen. If time permits a visit to nearby Newfield Crag will be made to see the spectacular turbidites.

Geology: Silurian.

Maps and references:

OS 1:50 000 Landranger Sheet No 98 Wensleydale & Upper Wharfedale.

OS 1:25 000 Explorer OL2 Yorkshire Dales Southern and Western areas.

BGS 1:50 000 Sheet 60(S) Settle.

BGS Settle Sheet Memoir 60.

BGS The Pennines and adjacent areas: 4th edition.

YGS Yorkshire Rocks and Landscapes: a field guide p.28-9.

Sunday 25th June 2017 — The Chalk at Flamborough Head: on Foot and by Boat

Leader: Paul Hildreth.


The morning session will be an examination of the stratigraphy of the lowest beds of the Burnham Chalk Formation (Upper Cretaceous, Turonian) including various flint forms at North Landing Flamborough and, if tides and conditions permit the topmost beds of the underlying Welton Chalk Formation. The afternoon session will be a boat trip from North Landing to Speeton and return. This will allow a view of the Chalk succession down to the Red Chalk and a close up of the Staple Nook deformation feature on the RSPB reserve at Bempton cliffs.

Geology: Cretaceous.

Maps and references:

YGS Field Guide: Yorkshire Rocks and Landscapes p.199.

GA Guide: the Yorkshire Coast ( Rawson and Wright).pp.104-107.

Whitham, F. (1991 ):The Stratigraphy of the Upper Cretaceous Ferriby, Welton and Burnham formations north of the Humber, north east England. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society. 48, 227-254.

Starmer,I.C. (2008): The concentrations of folding and faulting in the Chalkat Staple Newk (Scale Nab ) near Flamborough, East Yorkshire. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society. 57, 95-106.

Hildreth, P. N. (2013): The Vale House Flints Member, a flint unit of the Burnham Chalk formation of the Northern Province East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire UK. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society. 59,77-186.

Saturday 29th July 2017 — The Geology and Landscape of Baildon Moor

Leader: Dr Gareth Martin, Geomorphologist, Leeds Geological Association and West Yorkshire Geological Trust.


A leisurely walk of 6.5kms 4miles max, depending on conditions on and around Baildon Moor to look at various Carboniferous rocks, its rich geological, geomorphological and industrial heritage of quarries and abundant bell pits.

Geology: Carboniferous.

Maps and references:

Copies of the WYGT Baildon Hill leaflet may be downloaded here:


Saturday 12th August 2017 — Yoredale Cyclothems and Mineralisation

Leader: Brian Young, Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Durham. (Formally of BGS).


A walk of 8 kms along well graded woodland and moorland paths and minor roads, including a shortish steep ascent and similar descent, taking us along a stream section through 3-4 well exposed cyclothems within the Alston Formation of the Carboniferous Yoredale Group. Numerous features related to the area's formerly important lead and iron mining industry will be seen, together with several exposures of features of structural and mineralogical interest, including one of the most spectacular and instructive sites at which typical Northern Pennine mineralisation may be seen. The walk also provides good opportunities to relate the geological features to the local and wider, Pennine landscape, together with some interesting and regionally important woodland and moorland.

Geology: Carboniferous.

Sunday 3rd September 2017   —   Castleton: Carbonate Platform Margins

Leader: Dr Cathy Hollis, Manchester University.


An examination of the sedimentology of the northern margin of the Derbyshire Platform in the Castleton area. In the Lower Carboniferous, this region was located on the margin of a steeply dipping carbonate platform. Present day exposure within disused quarries and along public footpaths allows a cross section of facies from the platform top, across the platform margin and into the basin to be examined. The trip will involve walking on rough, but well-marked paths between Castleton, Cave Dale and Pin Dale roughly 3.5 miles.

Geology: Carboniferous.

Maps and references:

OS Map Explorer OL1.

Geologists Association Guides 56. Castleton Area, published by the Geologist Association. Ford, T. 1996.

Sept / Oct 2017     —     Residential Weekend: Norfolk

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