Wolstonian Clay Pit: June 2018

Wolstonian Clay Pit, Burton Hastings

Led by Brian Ellis, Ian Fenwick. Quaternary clay deposit.

Meet in the car park for a 7.00pm start.

It is a clay pit so expect it to be muddy, but there are access roads.

Burton Farm lies to the north-east of Bedworth and south of the village of Burton Hastings. The clay pit is on Burton Lane at GR 408893 (Landranger 140) or post code CV11 6RJ.  Neither the farm house nor the clay pit are shown on my (now rather old) 1:50000 map. There is (or should be) a sign post at the gate indicating ‘Clay’, on the left almost immediately after turning off the B4114.  The pit occupies much of the land between Burton Lane and the Ashby canal.

Although from a geological point of view the main interest is the Wolston Clay and the fossil tree remains, the discovery of the clay, the use Mr. Callington is making of and planning for the site, the conservation and planting and eventual restoration of the site are all also of interest.  We will also want to discuss the possible origin of the clay and how the site relates to other Pleistocene sites in Warwickshire, including last year’s visit to Bubbenhall.  Mr. Callington has agreed to show us round.

Before the visit it is worth looking again at our Autumn 2017 Newsletter for Ian Fenwick’s piece on the site – A Stunning Encounter.

Risk Assessment: This is an outdoor walk on tracks and some muddy, uneven ground. Wear comfortable flat shoes and suitable waterproof clothing if the weather forecast is poor. Any further safety information will be conveyed by the trip leader on the night.

There is no need to register for this trip – simply turn up.