Upcoming Events

Events are open to non-members who wish to try out the society.

What can I expect?  Have a look at the following slideshow with images from David Powell.

Booking for events is normally not required.

For outdoor excursions you will need to sign a risk assessment awareness form for each excursion you attend. You are expected to be responsible for your own safety. Please ensure you bring appropriate clothing, footwear and food. Excursions can take anything from 2 hours to all day. Locations can be isolated and exposed on difficult and rough terrain. Check the website for last moment changes or cancellations and sign up for email alerts.

Presentations and lectures start at the advertised time so please arrive a little earlier. Refreshments are served if they are available.

Also, please share cars wherever possible.

If you wish to organize an event send a message to our coordinator who will be happy to help.

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Saturday 12th May 2018
  • Exploring the Middle Reaches of the Caldew

    Starts: 10:30

    Location: Caldbeck, UK

    Description:

    SATURDAY 12 MAY EXPLORING THE MIDDLE REACHES OF THE RIVER CALDEW
    Susan Beale

    Meet 10.30 Caldbeck car park NY323398 This trip will examine the Lower Carboniferous bedrock in the River Caldew together with the geomorphology of the valley. Distance c. 5km; difficulty – moderate, more or less level on a narrow path which will be slippery in places if wet.


Saturday 9th June 2018
  • Coal and Iron in West Cumbria

    Starts: 10:30

    Location: Haig Pit Museum, Whitehaven CA28 9AL, UK

    Description:

    SATURDAY 9 JUNE COAL AND IRON IN WEST CUMBRIA
    Morning session: Meet at 10.30 Haig Pit Museum car park NX 966176. This part is to learn about the progress of the West Cumbria Mining Ltd. project to mine coking coal from submarine seams. Afternoon session: THE HIDDEN WONDERS OF IRON SLAG Leader Clive Boulter Meet at 1pm at Harrington Shore. Parking on N side of harbour by Harrington Sailing Club NX 989254. Weatherproof clothing and hard hats useful.


Wednesday 20th June 2018
  • The Geological Landscape Around Low Rigg

    Starts: 18:00

    Location: A66, Cumbria

    Description:

    WEDNESDAY 20 JUNE THE GEOLOGICAL LANDSCAPE AROUND LOW RIGG John Rodgers
    Meet at 18.00 at the road junction on the minor road south of the A66 NY 305240. This evening walk over Low Rigg to the north end of High Rigg will examine the surrounding geology and geomorphology and consider the possibility of producing an explanatory guide for visitors to the area.


Saturday 7th July 2018
  • The Langdale Caldera

    Starts: 10:00

    Location: Wrynose Pass, Ambleside LA22, UK

    Description:

    SATURDAY 7 JULY THE LANGDALE CALDERA Clive Boulter
    Meet at 10.00 Three Shire Stone, Wrynose Pass summit NY 277027. This trip will examine the complex volcanic geology of the area and an introductory explanation will be posted on the CGS website nearer the time. This is one of our more arduous excursions, entirely off paths apart from the final descent. An ascent of 140 m is followed by a 3km contouring traverse and then a 300m descent to the road below Side Pike. It will be necessary to co-ordinate between various drivers so that some cars can be left at the end point to take drivers back to vehicles at Three Shire Stone while passengers make for the Old Dungeon Hotel. Details of this co-ordination will also be available from the web-site. A poor weather alternative will be considered if appropriate.


Saturday 21st July 2018
  • Glaciation in Borrowdale

    Starts: 10:00

    Location: Rosthwaite, Keswick

    Description:

    SATURDAY 7 JULY THE LANGDALE CALDERA Clive Boulter
    Meet at 10.00 Three Shire Stone, Wrynose Pass summit NY 277027. This trip will examine the complex volcanic geology of the area and an introductory explanation will be posted on the CGS website nearer the time. This is one of our more arduous excursions, entirely off paths apart from the final descent. An ascent of 140 m is followed by a 3km contouring traverse and then a 300m descent to the road below Side Pike. It will be necessary to co-ordinate between various drivers so that some cars can be left at the end point to take drivers back to vehicles at Three Shire Stone while passengers make for the Old Dungeon Hotel. Details of this co-ordination will also be available from the web-site. A poor weather alternative will be considered if appropriate.


Saturday 4th August 2018
  • Scordale and the Whin Sill

    Starts: 10:30

    Location: Hilton Village, Townhead

    Description:

    SATURDAY 4 AUGUST SCORDALE AND THE WHIN SILL John Rodgers
    Meet at 10.30 at Hilton village townhead NY 736208. This excursion will follow the track up the Scordale valley through the southern end of the Cross Fell Inlier and into the Lower Carboniferous of the Pennine escarpment then up to the old mines and the Whin Sill. Distance 8km with an ascent of c.150m. Rough track with final short steep section.


Saturday 25th August 2018
  • The Spireslock Geo-Conservation Site, East Ayrshire

    Starts: 10:00

    Location: Near Glenbuch Lock

    Description:

    SATURDAY 25 AUGUST THE SPIRESLACK GEO- CONSERVATION SITE , EAST AYRSHIRE.
    This is an opportunity to visit a dis-used surface mine in a Carboniferous coal-bearing sequence. It consists of a stunning exposed section in an 80m deep canyon that is being developed as a major geo-conservation site for sedimentology, structural geology, palaeontology as well as issues of applied science and mining. Meet at 10.00 at entrance gate (NS 746305) reached by a right turn heading west on A70 just after Glenbuck Loch. There will be a guided tour of 2-3km over uneven ground from 10am to around midafternoon. Hard hat, high-vis top and strong footwear are essential.
    Obviously, this involves travelling a greater distance than is usual for most members but we have been encouraged to make use of the opportunity by the British Geological Survey and Edinburgh Geological Society as this supports their bid for more money to improve the site as an educational resource. Some members may wish to take advantage of other geological interest points nearby and seek local accommodation before or after the 25th. These could include the Wanlockhead Museum of Mining (check their website for details), the area around the Loch Doon Granite or even the Ayrshire coast between Girvan and the Ballantrae Igneous Complex.


Wednesday 5th September 2018
  • Birkhams Quarry, St. Bees Head and Beach Cliffs

    Starts: 10:15

    Location: Sandwith Village

    Description:

    WEDNESDAY 5 SEPTEMBER BIRKHAMS QUARRY, ST.BEES HEAD AND BEACH CLIFFS Sylvia Woodhead
    Meet in Sandwith village NX 965145 at 10.15 to car share. Proceed (6 cars max.) on private road to quarry and guided tour by manager Steve Boam (10.30 – 12). Hard hats and hi-vis wear recommended. The afternoon session will start at 2pm on St. Bees beach to investigate exposures of cliff glacial deposits.