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Westmorland Geological Society

Field Trips 2023

Field trips (guided geological walks led by an expert) are graded gentle G (mainly on paths with no steep or rocky areas), moderate M (8-9 km with some rough ground and slopes) and hard H (10 km or more with steep slopes). Itineraries may have to be altered at short notice; check email or website before setting off.


Saturday 13th May Shap Granite

Leader Dr Chris Arkwright

Meet 9.45 for 10am start at the quarry NY 557 083

Grade G/M


Thursday 25th May Kendal Fault 

Leader Richard Wrigley

Meet 6pm Nobles Rest SD 513 929 The route will be entirely on pavement-about 1/2 mile walk

Grade G


Friday 2nd June Lower Carboniferous limestone sequences near Hesket Newmarket

Leader Susan Beale - a half day trip

Meet at 10am Hesket Newmarket Car Park NY 343 386

Grade G/M


Wednesday 21st June Knott Quarry, near Orton

Leaders Audrey Brown and Sylvia Woodhead

Meet at car park opposite Gamelands Stone Circle NY 640 082, E of Orton

If weather is nice bring a picnic to eat at 6pm

6.30-7pm gentle walk up to look at the fossils in Knott Quarry

Grade G/M


Sunday 25th June Ingleton Waterfall Geology Trail

This field trip is on a designated path, and there is charge of £8.00 including free parking

Leader Lesley Collins 

Meet at 10am at Broadwood entrance LA6 3AT SD 693 732

Grade G/M


Sunday 16th July Glacial Landforms in Upper Swindale Shap

Leader Sylvia Woodhead

Meet at 10:30 am NY 522 143 at lay-by on right before the cattle grid ( sign no parking beyond this point )

Grade G/M


Sunday 6th August Eden Valley Permian revisited

Leader Prof Stuart K Monro

Meet at 10am at the little quarry about 2 km north of Orton on the B6260 NY627099
Parking is limited at the sites, so car sharing will be arranged at the quarry

Grade G/M


Saturday 19th August Dent Fault and Taythes Gill Waterfall

This is over rough terrain and walking poles are advised for river crossings

Leader Dave Haselden

Meet 9.45 -10am Lay-by on A683 - SD 6932 9522

Grade H


Wednesday 30th August Humphrey Head, Allithwaite 

Leaders Sylvia Woodhead and Audrey Brown

Meet at 6pm in the evening at the end of Holy Well Lane SD 39030 74000 on upper beach limited parking

Grade G/M


Sunday 10th September Nenthead Mines

Parking and the guided tour in the morning on the surface is free, but there is a charge of £12 to cover the afternoon underground section as helmets and lights are provided by the Trust

Leaders Rosemary Vidler, Colin Fowler, Peter Jackson

Meet 10am at the heritage site NY 7838 4332 Grade G/M