Archive

Below is a calendar of archived events the society has held since they began being posted online in 2012. archive
Additional event detail and reports are available to members in our Proceedings and the society library or by request.

Wednesday 16th May 2012
  • CGS: RIGS Slate & Watch Hills Starts: 18:00 Location: Cockermouth School (NY132312) Description:

    Description: Leader: Jim Samson. About 2 miles of walking up steady climbs that can be boggy.

    Location: Cockermouth School (NY132312)

Saturday 2nd June 2012
  • CGS: RIGS Sherwood Sandstone & Mawbray Forest Starts: 10:30 Location: 10:30 Maryport Promenade (NY 037374) 13:03 Bankmill (NY 087480) Description:

    Description: Leader: Ann Lingard More RIGS sites, but with a difference. Splendid exposures of the Sherwood sandstone
    on Maryport beach and then a guided walk to the Mawbray submerged forest.

    Location: 10:30 Maryport Promenade (NY 037374)
    13:03 Bankmill (NY 087480)

Sunday 10th June 2012
  • CGS: Industrial History Starts: 10:30 Location: Clesketts car park (NY 588584) about 1 mile SE of Hallbankgate Description:

    Description: Lead by Elizabeth Pickett (Geodiversity officer for the North Pennines AONB). This trip is a 7 mile walk though Geltsdale a nature reserve and geology in a beautiful corner of Cumbria with its fascinating past.

    Location: Clesketts car park (NY 588584) about 1 mile SE of Hallbankgate

Saturday 30th June 2012
  • CGS: Carrock Fell Igneous Complex Starts: 10:30 Location: Mosedale (NY 357323) Description:

    Description: Tom Sedgwick will lead us on to this cascinating area of local geology. Take note it involves some steep climbs up a scree slope and walking over rough ground.

    Location: Mosedale (NY 357323)

    Different events have different formats and information. Please first read the general information on the Events & Activities page.

Sunday 8th July 2012
  • CGS: Crazy Paving in the Cross Fell Inlier Starts: 10:30 Location: Meet at main car park in Dufton village (NY 689250)
Wednesday 18th July 2012
  • CGS: RIGS Clints Quarry Lower Carboniferous Limestones Starts: 18:30 Location: Clints Quarry Entrance (NY 008123) Description:

    Study the Lower Carboniferous Limestones (or just enjoy the Cumbria Wildlife Trust nature reserve) in Clints Quarry RIGS site and also Longlands Lake nearby.
    Leaders Jim Samson and Mervyn Dodd.

Wednesday 1st August 2012
  • CGS: RIGS Mawbray Submerged Forest Starts: 18:00 Location: Mawbray Bankmill (NY 087480) Description:

    A guided walk of the RIGS site, lead by Ann Lingard.
    If time permits we may go to the Sabelaria reefs at Dubmill point.
    Location:Mawbray Bankmill (NY 087480)

    Different events have different formats and information. Please first read the general information on the Events & Activities page.

Saturday 1st September 2012
  • CGS: Eskdale Granite and Haematite Deposits Starts: 10:30 Location: Road junction near George IV Inn, Eskdale Green (GR 149998 Lakes SW Sheet) Description:

    Lead by David Kelly.

Wednesday 19th September 2012
  • CGS: Exceptionally preserved fossils (Lecture) Starts: 19:30 Description:

    Prof. David Siveter, Leicester University: “Exceptionally preserved fossils” joint meeting with Westmorland GS. Prof. Siveter has studied many exceptionally preserved fossils, which often include the soft parts of animals not normally preserved. His most recent work has been in Chengjiang, China which is so remarkable the site has been awarded a UNESCO World Heritage Site. His talk will be illustrated by photographs of these amazing organisms, some of which are new to science.

Wednesday 10th October 2012
  • CGS: Mineral Solutions to Global Problems (Lecture) Starts: 19:30 Location: Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate, Cockermouth. CA13 9PH Description:

    Prof. David Manning, Newcastle University: “Mineral Solutions to Global Problems” Prof. Manning is interested in how soils and plants interact in response to climate change and how we can exploit soil processes to minimise the effects of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. He will present the latest research in this innovative approach to the problem of climate change.

Wednesday 7th November 2012
  • CGS: Sand - Journeys Through Our Granular World (Lecture) Starts: 19:30 Location: Friends’ Meeting House, Kirkgate, Cockermouth. CA13 9PH. Description:

    Prof. Michael Welland : "Sand: journeys through our granular world" Prof. Welland’s book Sand: the Neverending Story has had critical acclaim and he was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for excellence in natural history writing. His talk promises to give a new insight into sand.

Wednesday 5th December 2012
  • CGS: Members Evening Starts: 19:30 Location: Friends’ Meeting House, Elliot Park, Keswick. CA12 5NZ Description:

    Members evening. Update on RIGS (Jim Samson). Minerals (Tony Rigby). Geological events through 2012 (Judy Suddaby) Highlights of CGS trip to Tenerife (CGS members).

Wednesday 9th January 2013
  • CGS: Geological Storage of CO2: Will it Leak? (Lecture) Starts: 19:30 Location: Friends’ Meeting House, Kirkgate, Cockermouth CA13 9PH Description:

    Dr. Kate Thatcher, Consultant, Quintessa Ltd. “Geological storage of CO2: will it leak?” Dr. Thatcher was a post-doctoral research assistant at Durham University looking at the movement of fluids through porous material. She recently moved to Quintessa, a consultant firm looking at the storage of carbon dioxide.

Wednesday 6th February 2013
  • CGS: The North Pennines AONB and Global Geopark: 500 Million Years in the Making (Lecture) Starts: 19:30 Description:

    Joint meeting with Carlisle Natural History Society.

    Dr. Elizabeth Pickett “The North Pennines AONB and Global Geopark: 500 million years in the making” Dr. Pickett led a field trip for our Society earlier this year and has been involved in the very successful promotion of the North Pennines as a Global Geopark.

Wednesday 13th March 2013
  • CGS: AGM & Presidential Address Starts: 19:30 Location: Friends’ Meeting House, Elliot Park, Keswick. CA12 5NZ Description:

    AGM & President’s address – “The Rise of the Rockies: A Geological History of Colorado”

Saturday 16th March 2013
  • CGS: Annual Dinner Starts: 19:30 Location: To be announced Description:

    Time and location to be announced.

Saturday 18th May 2013
  • Moota Quarry; Bothel; 10:30 Starts: 00:00 Location: Bothel Description:

    A rare chance to look round a working quarry in the 4th Limestone and also to contribute ideas on its use as a learning resource after restoration. Assemble in the car park (NY 150360). Participants must bring a hard hat, boots and some hi-vis outerwear.

    Thanks to Cemex UK for allowing this visit.

Sunday 2nd June 2013
  • CRAZY PAVING IN THE CROSS FELL INLIER Starts: 00:00 Location: Dufton Description:

    An excursion around the varied rocks and landforms of the Dufton area. About 10km walking along the base of the Pennine escarpment. Meet at main car park in Dufton village (NY 689250).

Wednesday 12th June 2013
  • THE WORKINGTON SHORE Starts: 19:00 Location: Workinton Pier Description:

    Late Quaternary and a new environment for most of us. Meet at the pier end car park (NX 983295 Explorer 303).

Sunday 16th June 2013
  • ROCKS AND STRUCTURES IN THE PERMO-TRIASSIC AND CARBONIFEROUS OF THE UPPER EDEN VALLEY Starts: 00:00 Location: KIRKBY STEPHEN Description:

    An exploration of the far south east of the county. Meet at Belah lay-by (NY 793121).

Sunday 30th June 2013
  • GARSDALE PASS Starts: 00:00 Location: Meet in Stavely Mill Yard, Stavely (SD 471983) Description:

    Cars can be parked opposite Wilf's Cafe. We can then car share to the location (NY 424006). The trail distance is 6 miles on tracks, footpaths and access land.

Wednesday 10th July 2013
  • SLATE FELL Starts: 18:30 Location: COCKERMOUTH Description:

    Is there anything in a name? What are the slates and how where they used? Meet at Cockermouth school lay-by (NY 130311).

Saturday 20th July 2013
  • GLENDERATTERA VALLEY Starts: 00:00 Location: Blencathra Centre Description:

    An excursion to see some of the uncommon outcrops of the Skiddaw granite. Meet at the car park just above the Blencathra Centre (NY 302256). The walk is over exposed terrain. Limited car parking. Note the earlier time

Sunday 25th August 2013
  • ENNERDALE HIGHLIGHTS Starts: 00:00 Description:

    Meet at Bowness car park (NY 109153).

    Note the earlier time.

Wednesday 18th September 2013
  • BRIGHT LIGHTS AND DINOSAURS Starts: 19:30 Location: The Hall, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Ullswater Road, Penrith CA11 7EG Description:

    Dr. Manning heads a team at Manchester University which uses a wide range of novel techniques to unravel the details of the lives of dinosaurs. He also writes a blog. Joint meeting with Westmorland Geological Society.

Wednesday 9th October 2013
  • RECOVERY OF TIMESCALES OF VOLCANIC PROCESSES Starts: 19:30 Location: Friends’ Meeting House, Elliot Park, Keswick. CA12 5NZ Description:

    Dr. Morgan is Lecturer in Petrology and Volcanology at Leeds University. He is currently working new techniques that shed light on the timing of volcanic processes within super-eruptions.

Wednesday 13th November 2013
  • AN ASSESSMENT OF THE PROCESSES OF HYDRAULIC FRACTURING or "FRACKING" Starts: 19:30 Location: Friends’ Meeting House, Elliot Park, Keswick. CA12 5NZ Description:

    Professor Styles is the co-author of a government commissioned review into fracking set up after the seismic activity in Blackpool in 2011.

Wednesday 11th December 2013
  • MEMBERS EVENING Starts: 19:30 Location: Friends’ Meeting House, Elliot Park, Keswick. CA12 5NZ Description:

    Details to be confirmed.

Wednesday 22nd January 2014
  • IRON ORE MINE SHAFT COLLAPSE AT EGREMONT Starts: 19:30 Location: Tullie House, Carlisle. Description:

    Dennis has worked for many years in the coal industry in Cumbria. He is a member of both Cumberland Geological Society and Carlisle Natural History Society. Joint meeting with Carlisle Natural History Society.

Wednesday 12th February 2014
  • RHYOLITIC ERUPTION AT CORDON CAULLE, CHILE: A GLACIER OF VOLCANIC GLASS Starts: 19:30 Location: Friends’ Meeting House, Elliot Park, Keswick. CA12 5NZ Description:

    Hugh is well knows to members of CGS, having led our trip to Iceland. He will be talking about his latest research.

Wednesday 12th March 2014
  • AGM and President's address Starts: 19:30 Location: Friends Meeting House, Keswick
Saturday 15th March 2014
  • Annual Dinner Starts: 18:30 Location: Skiddaw House Hotel Description:

    Guest speaker Prof. Rory Mortimore president of the Geologists' Association

Sunday 27th April 2014
  • Eycott Hill Volcanic Group and Dinantian Limestones Starts: 00:00 Location: 1 mile NW of Berrier Description:

    Leader - Mike Dewey, Westmorland Geological Soc. (joint trip with WGS)
    Meeting place: Parking area 1 mile NW
    of Berrier at grid ref: NT 388307 at 10.00hrs
    Rough ground with few paths. Easy access with limited walking distance involved.

Wednesday 14th May 2014
  • Embleton Quarry Microdiorite Intrusions Starts: 00:00 Location: Embleton village Description:

    Leader - Jim Samson
    Meeting place: Embleton village, NY 174305 at 19.00hrs. Parking only on road – take care!
    Approx 20mins walk up rough track. Quarry floor level – hard hats advisory if visiting screes.

Saturday 7th June 2014
  • Classic Features of the Shap Fell Area Starts: 00:00 Location: Shap Summit, Shap Rural, Eden District, United Kingdom Description:

    Leader - John Rodgers
    Meeting place: South end of lay-by on A6 Shap summit GR 554062 at 10.00hrs
    This trip will involve using vehicles to get to 5 separate stops then short walks to locations to examine
    folding, intrusions and metamorphism, unconformity and fossiliferous limestones. Total walking
    distance c. 6km on low gradient but occasionally rough, boggy ground. High visibility clothing and hard
    hats are advisable.

Saturday 28th June 2014
  • Drygill Mines Spoil Tips Starts: 00:00 Location: Calebreck, United Kingdom Description:

    Leader - Jim Samson
    Meeting place : Calebreck NY 344358 at 10.30hrs
    This trip will involve a walk up to the site of approx 1 hour. The landscape is very exposed and suitable
    precautions must be taken. This trip is dependent on weather conditions so please check the website or
    contact me before setting out.
    PLEASE NOTE – this area is in the Caldbeck Fells Amber restricted zone and collecting is strictly
    forbidden. (there is plenty to see on the ground!)

Sunday 6th July 2014
  • Old Iron Mines around Bigrigg (West Cumbria) Starts: 00:00 Location: Bigrigg, United Kingdom Description:

    Mervyn is the author of a well regarded book on the iron ore mines of West Cumbria and that Dai has superb local knowledge.
    Meeting place: small layby on A595 by Bigrigg church, GR. NX998 138 1/2 mile north of Bigrigg village, at 10:30hrs.
    Easy walking on gently sloping ground.

Wednesday 16th July 2014
  • Threlkeld Mining Museum Tour Starts: 00:00 Location: Threlkeld, Keswick, United Kingdom Description:

    Leader - Rosemary Vidler
    Meeting place: Threlkeld Quarry & Museum, Keswick CA12 4TT at 19.30hrs
    A guided trip around this excellent museum and quarry site, part of Cumbria’s industrial heritage. Visit
    the museum’s website www.threlkeldquarryandminingmuseum.co.uk

Saturday 6th September 2014
  • Geology of the Area Around Grizebeck and Gawthwaite Starts: 00:00 Location: Grizebeck, United Kingdom Description:

    Leader - David Kelly
    Meeting place : Greyhound Inn Grizebeck SD238850 at 10.00hrs

Wednesday 24th September 2014
  • Extreme avalanche mobility: theories, experiments and for real Starts: 19:30 Location: Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Ullswater Road, Penrith, United Kingdom Description:

    Prof Pete Kokelaar (University of Liverpool)
    “Extreme avalanche mobility: theories, experiments and for real”

Wednesday 22nd October 2014
  • The Earth’s Enigmatic Inner Core Starts: 19:30 Location: Friends Meeting House, Cockermouth, United Kingdom Description:

    Dr. Jon Mound (University of Leeds)
    “The Earth’s Enigmatic Inner Core”

Wednesday 12th November 2014
  • Rootless cones and scoria cones: insights into basaltic volcanism Starts: 19:30 Location: The Community Hall, Bolton Street, Workington. CA14 2SN Description:

    Peter Reynolds, (Durham University)
    "Rootless cones and scoria cones: insights into basaltic volcanism"

Wednesday 3rd December 2014
  • Members Evening Starts: 19:30 Location: Friends Meeting House, Keswick, United Kingdom Description:

    Members Evening

Wednesday 21st January 2015
  • CGS: Hematite Mineralization at the Margins of the East Irish Sea Basin: Cumbria, N. Wales, Isle of Man Starts: 19:30 Location: Tullie House Museum, Castle Street, Carlisle, United Kingdom Description:

    Dr. Stephen Crowley, (Liverpool University)
    "Hematite Mineralization at the Margins of the East Irish Sea Basin: Cumbria, N. Wales, Isle of Man"

Wednesday 11th February 2015
  • CGS: The Evolution of an Upper Permian Evaporite Basin in Northwest England Starts: 19:30 Location: Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Ullswater Road, Penrith, United Kingdom Description:

    Dr. Noel Worley
    “The Evolution of an Upper Permian Evaporite Basin in Northwest England”

Wednesday 11th March 2015
  • CGS: AGM Starts: 19:30 Location: Friends Meeting House, Keswick, United Kingdom Description:

    Cumberland Geological Society AGM

Saturday 21st March 2015
  • CGS: Annual Dinner Starts: 18:30 Location: Skiddaw Hotel, 31 Main Street, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5BN, United Kingdom Description:

    The CGS Annual Dinner. Speaker to be announced.

Saturday 11th April 2015
  • CGS: Skiddaw metamorphic aureole Starts: 10:30 Location: Car Park above Blencathra Field Studies Centre Description:

    Led by members of CGS. Meet at the car park just above Blencathra Field Studies Centre (NY 302 257) at 10.30am. It is about 7km walk starting on a track but moving on to rough open fell side rising to approx. 500m.

Sunday 17th May 2015
  • CGS: Landforms, tectonics and mines Starts: 10:30 Description:

    Geology of the Hartley area E of Kirkby Stephen. Starting point NY 785 084 at 10.30 am.
    There is a small parking area plus the verges and, if necessary, just inside the quarry entrance (closed on Sundays).The walk is circular, around 4.5 miles. We start at 210m and reach 400m! This is a mixture of paths, roadways, rough fell and muddy paths. Pole could be handy. Leader Noel Pearson

Wednesday 3rd June 2015
  • CGS: Building stones of Cockermouth Starts: 18:30 Location: Wakefield Rd, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13, UK Description:

    Trace the history of the town in stone. Meet at 6.30pm in Wakefield Rd car park (NY 128 308). All on urban streets and paths. Leader Jim Samson.

Sunday 14th June 2015
  • CGS: Parton Beach Starts: 10:30 Location: Parton Beach Description:

    Exploration and fossil hunting. Meet 10.30am at NX 982 216 Walking on old railway lines and footpaths, with beach walking after lunch. Leader Dai Powell.

Wednesday 12th August 2015
  • CGS: Geological site maintenance Starts: 18:30 Location: Swirls Car Park, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 4TW, UK Description:

    Meet at 18:30 NY 316 171. The carpark is £2.50 for two hours.Walking approximately 1km along a forestry extraction track to clear brashing from a layer of volcanic bombs at NY 321 154, then photographing the bombs. This event is coordinated by Alan Wise.

Sunday 23rd August 2015
  • CGS: Geology and landscape of Smardale NNR Starts: 10:30 Location: Newbiggin-on-Lune, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria CA17, UK Description:

    Newbiggin-on-Lune NY 706 052 at 10.30. Leader Sylvia Woodhead. Please share transport if at all possible and we are asked to park very considerately.
    The trip will look at Carboniferous Ashfell Sandstone and Limestone, quarries, faulting, and drainage pattern development.

Sunday 13th September 2015
  • CGS: Mapping geology Starts: 10:30 Location: Linewath, Mungrisedale, Cumbria Description:

    10.30am at Linewath, north of Mungrisedale. Meet at the minor road junction NY 352 344. The day will be coordinated by Alan Smith.
    The aim of this field work project is to examine, measure and map the details of a puzzling linear topographical feature and record the characteristics of the pebble deposits exposed in a quarry feature on the ridge.
    It is likely this will take until mid afternoon, so please bring packed
    lunch and usual weather protection as this is a very exposed site. Short walk across rough grass. Please bring a GPS, calculator and measuring tapes (long metric ones) if possible. Maps, recording sheets, and other field material will be provided. If the work is completed by lunchtime, there could be the option of a very short walk to look at some nearby features for about an hour afterwards (weather and enthusiasm permitting). We should finish by about 3pm. Easy terrain.

Sunday 20th September 2015
  • CGS: Nannycatch Gorge and Upper Calder Valley – glaci-fluvial features and Lower Palaeozoic Rocks Starts: 10:30 Location: Kinniside Stone Circle NY 059139 Description:

    Meet at Kinniside Stone Circle NY 059 139 10.30am.
    About 5km walking on open fellside looking at the meltwater channel, Skiddaw Group rocks and minor intrusions of the Nannycatch Gorge. In the afternoon we will look at the Borrowdale Volcanic Rocks and some of the oldest rocks within the Skiddaw Group, including the problematic Latterbarrow Sandstone.

Wednesday 23rd September 2015
  • CGS: New Crofton Co-operative Colliery Starts: 19:30 Location: Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Ullswater Road, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7EG, United Kingdom Description:

    Mr. Toby White from the Coalfield Community Investment Society Ltd. and Leicester University. Mr. White runs specialist programmes in quarry management for Leicester University and has extensive experience in the quarrying and opencast coal mining industry. He will talk about the New Crofton Co-operative Colliery (a new drift mine near Wakefield) of which he is a Founding Member and which should start operations in 2016.

Wednesday 14th October 2015
  • CGS: Volcanoes of Iceland and Chile Starts: 19:30 Location: Community Hall, Bolton Street, Workington CA14 2SN Description:

    Dr Dave Mcgarvie from Open University, Scotland

Wednesday 11th November 2015
  • CGS: Coal Exploration in the St. Bees Area Starts: 19:30 Location: Friends Meeting House, Cockermouth, United Kingdom CA14 9PH Description:

    Eric Gozlan Msc, Exploration Manager, West Cumbria Mining Ltd.

Wednesday 9th December 2015
  • Members Evening Starts: 19:30 Location: Friends' Meeting House, Elliot Park, Keswick, CA12 5NZ Description:

    Members Evening