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, August 4, 2021
Watch Hill, Cockermouth
Starts: 18:00



Leader Phil Davies

Meet at 6.00 pm Cockermouth School lay by/car park, western end, NY 130310

We will examine small outcrops of the Ordovician Watch Hill Formation within the Skiddaw Group and intrusive diorite bodies that are dotted about the fell. Watch Hill is a lovely walk on a summer evening and a good vantage point to view the landscape of the northern Lake District as well as towards limestone country.
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Fell End Clouds, Ravenstonedale
Starts: 10:30



Leader Sylvia Woodhead

Meet at 10.30 am at Fell End Quarry on The Street just off A683, NY 734006 c. 5 km walk over upland limestone country, looking at the effect of the Dent Line on limestone scenery.

Parts of the walk are on steep and rocky ground which can be slippery when wet. It is an upland area which may be windy and exposed. A leaflet about the geology of the area will be available on the day.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Embleton Quarry
Starts: 18:15

This will be the last excursion of our season and is a short evening stroll.

Tuesday 7 September 6.15 pm. Leader Phil Davies

Meet outside The Wheatsheaf CA13 9XP (closed on Tuesdays) NY 173305

Parking near the Wheatsheaf and lane opposite to A66 and Village Hall Car Park.

NB These details are an update of the information in our Newsletter following some unavoidable changes.


This will be a relatively short field trip. The intention is that attendees who would like to can stay on for a sociable meal or a drink at The Embleton Spa at 7.45. If you wish to do so, please notify the Excursion Secretary Peter Sapsford by Saturday 4th September email hidden; JavaScript is required

It is essential that we notify the Embleton Spa our numbers for either a drink or a meal. I have arranged for their well known home-made gourmet burgers menu for us, as we will be arriving just around their busy restaurant time.

Parking is limited in Embleton. Please do not park at the Spa before 7.45, when it is likely to be full anyway. Parking available near the Wheatsheaf (closed on Tuesdays) and down the road past the Spa towards the A66 and the Village Hall car park.


Embleton Quarry, otherwise known as Close Quarry, operated between 1907 and 1950. It is a fairly short walk uphill on a track into the quarry, starting from near the Wheatsheaf.

Although often referred to as a ‘granite’ quarry, the rock is actually a diorite / microdiorite. The contact with the country rock (Kirk Stile Formation) is visible, but unsafe to access. Binoculars could be useful to view the upper areas.


The “salt and pepper” appearance of diorite is produced by white plagioclase contrasting with black hornblende and biotite.


The quarry is a quiet and scenic spot, not particularly well known about, but certainly visited by members of the public. However, as with all quarry visits, hazards include unstable rock faces and drops, so it’s best to treat both with care.





Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Shap Granite
Starts: 19:30

Shap Granite: geology, origin and celebrity

Dr Nigel Woodcock

All meetings at 7.30 and are on zoom unless otherwise indicated

Joining details will be notified before each meeting


Monday, September 27, 2021 - Tuesday, September 28, 2021
YGS Event: Deep geological disposal of radioactive waste; 27-28 September
Starts: 12:00 - 17:00

Dear Sir or Madam,

We are pleased to invite you and your organisation’s members to an upcoming Yorkshire Geological Society conference convened in partnership with the British Geological Survey and Radioactive Waste Management titled: ‘Deep geological disposal of radioactive waste: The role of geoscience’

The conference will include a series of invited talks reviewing the critical role played by the geosphere in deep geological disposal of higher activity radioactive waste. Taking place as a virtual event on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th September 2021, 12 noon – 5pm. You can now register for the event here: Deep geological disposal of radioactive waste: the role of geoscience (

Highlights include presentations from:

·        Jon Gluyas (University of Durham, UK)

·        Penny Harvey (University of Manchester, UK)

·        Tim Vietor (Nagra, Switzerland)

·        Neil Chapman (University of Sheffield, UK)

·        Fiona McEvoy (Visiting Research Associate, BGS, UK) and David Schofiled, BGS, UK

·        Jonathan Turner (RWM, UK)

·        Kaj Ahlbom (SKB, Sweden)

·        Lukas Pollok and Nicole Schubarth-Engelschall (BGR, Germany)

Plus, discussion panels comprising a range of experts including: Professor Mike Daly, President, The Geological Society; Sir Keith O’Nions, FRS, Chair of BGS Board; Professor Cherry Tweed, Chief Scientific Advisor, RWM; and Professor Julie West OBE.

We hope you can join us for this unique event. Kind regards, on behalf of the convenors,

Tom Berry, CGeol FGS, EurGeol, RoGEP Advisor, PG (CA), CEG Jacobs | Head of Discipline for Engineering Geology

M:+44.754.328.4740 | email hidden; JavaScript is required

1 City Walk | Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 9DX | UK

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Starts: 19:30

Etna: A virtual field trip of this active volcano

Dr Margaret Hartley, Senior Lecturer, Manchester University

All meetings at 7.30 and are on zoom unless otherwise indicated

Joining details will be notified before each meeting.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Lake sediments and how they improve our understanding of flooding, with particular reference to Cumbria
Starts: 19:30

Dr Schillereff, Lecturer in Physical Geography, Kings College London

All meetings at 7.30 and are on zoom unless otherwise indicated

Joining details will be notified before each meeting.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021
(Postponed) Members’ Evening
Starts: 19:30

With the emergence of a new Covid variant, considered advice from scientists most concerned with the pandemic, and concern about the nature of the venue has led to the Council deciding to postpone such a meeting until a more appropriate time.

Consequently,  the Members’ Evening on 15 December is POSTPONED.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Icelandic Plume
Starts: 19:30

Wednesday 12th January at 7.30pm on Zoom

Professor Nicky White, Cambridge University

Professor Nicky White, Cambridge University has a special interest in geophysics, geo-dynamics and tectonics.  He is the Lead Supervisor on a project that combines the study of igneous rocks, Iceland mantle plume dynamics and linked climate change.   The Icelandic mantle plume is the largest upwelling Earth and because of its position on the mid Atlantic ridge offers a unique opportunity to study the plume through time.   Last summer Prof. White led a research team to drill boreholes into the ocean crust to further these studies and we hope to hear more about this in the lecture. 

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Meeting ID: 860 6628 3204
Passcode: 069868

Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Geology of Islay and Whisky
Starts: 19:30

Wednesday 9th February at 7.30pm on Zoom

Dr David Webster

All meetings at 7.30 and are on zoom unless otherwise indicated

Joining details:

Meeting ID: 811 2888 6128 Passcode: 050739

The Islay archipelago has a great variety of geology: 2-billion-year old gneisses of the Rhinns Complex, a lightly metamorphosed late-Precambrian sedimentary succession including rocks deposited by ice during the time of a ‘Snowball Earth’, lead mines, and igneous rocks from the Silurian, Carboniferous and Palaeocene. Pleistocene glacial features abound and a recent archaeological dig has found evidence of probably the earliest human occupation of Scotland with ice-age hunters living on Islay some 12,000 years ago. Oh, and we have some nice whiskies too –many with geological stories to tell.

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