Field trips take place between April and September.

Evening field trips take place on a Wednesday.
Day field trips on Saturday or a Sunday.

Evening and day field trips are free for members of WGCG.
Non-members may attend at a cost of £2.00 per visit.
Free for those in full time education.

In the summer we concentrate on field excursions – both evening trips as well as longer day and weekend visits. 

We also visit towns and villages to explore the uses of different local and imported building stones.

2019 field trips:
  • April 2019 Walk: Warwick Town Walk and Warwick Museum

    When: 10th Apr 2019 6:00:pm.
    Where:
    What to expect: Warwick Town & Museum (led by Jon Radley) (max.20)


  • GeoWeek: Kenilworth Rocks! Meet ‘The Stones’ – Thursday 9 May 2pm

    When: 9th May 2019 2:00:pm.
    Where: Abbey Fields Car Park
    What to expect: A guided walk of "The Building Stones of Old Kenilworth" (approx 1½ hours) Thursday 9th May, Meet 2 pm, Abbey Fields Car Park, Bridge Street. Kenilworth CV8 1BQ Led by Ian Fenwick, Parking: 2 hrs free with ticket.

    • Kenilworth's stone is 280 million years old.
    • How did it get here?
    • Where was Warwickshire then?
    • Every building has secrets to share and stories to tell.
    • Even the gravestones are alive with stories
    We shall take a walk along the Old High Street, looking in on the church and the Abbey ruins.  Hopefully, we shall find out how Warwickshire has moved around the world, how large rivers once flowed across Kenilworth and perhaps how the village once echoed to the noise of masons' hammers. The tour is offered free by the Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group (WGCG) as part of GeoWeek, a national initiative to introduce members of the public to geoscience. [caption id="attachment_2402" align="alignnone" width="600"]Group viewing Townpool Bridge - guided walk of "The Building Stones of Old Kenilworth" Group viewing Townpool Bridge - Guided walk of "The Building Stones of Old Kenilworth"[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2400" align="alignnone" width="600"]Townpool Bridge - guided walk of "The Building Stones of Old Kenilworth" Townpool Bridge - Guided walk of "The Building Stones of Old Kenilworth"[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2403" align="alignnone" width="600"]Bunter pebbles - guided walk of "The Building Stones of Old Kenilworth" Bunter pebbles - Guided walk of "The Building Stones of Old Kenilworth"[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2401" align="alignnone" width="450"]Parochial Hall - guided walk of "The Building Stones of Old Kenilworth"Parochial Hall - guided walk of "The Building Stones of Old Kenilworth" Parochial Hall - Guided walk of "The Building Stones of Old Kenilworth"[/caption] --------------------------------- Here is a summary of other WGCG GeoWeek events – details and links are being added progressively.
    • ‘Walk 600 million years in 20-minutes at the Brandon Marsh GeoWall’. A geological timeline wall walk. Sunday 5th May 10:30 am to 4:00 pm – Meet at Brandon Marsh, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre  See: Event and location details
    • ‘Upton House Reveals its Secret Hidden in the Stones’, A geological tour of Upton House and gardens Tuesday 7th May 11.30 – 16:00 – at various times during the day. See Event info and details
    • ‘Rock solid evidence that Jurassic Park came to Banbury’, A guided geological tour of Banbury town centre. Tuesday 7th May Meet at Town Hall for 7 pm No need to book ahead. (approx 1 hour) See: Event and location details
    • ‘Gold in them thar hills? Yes! Fool’s Gold!’ Why are the Burton Dassett Hills there? What’s in them? Who dug? When? Why? Are they magnetic? What’s that tower for? Sunday 12th May, Burton Dassett Hills, Meet 10.30 at Car Park near the Tower (approx 1-2 hours) All-day parking £2. Event location and details


  • Bredon Hill

    When: 22nd Jun 2019.
    Where:
    What to expect:

    Bredon Hill, near Evesham

    22nd June (Saturday)

    Led by Rob & Boo Vernon (geologists, Earth Heritage Trust) and Deborah Overton (archaeologist). We shall be following and testing the new EHT app. We shall have 10 tablets with us but, if you wish to upload on your phone, go to App Stores or Google Play for 'Voyager - Deep Time' by Brooks Designs. In the app there is a list of all the 'Voyages' - Bredon Hilll is one of them.


  • The Malverns

    When: 12th Jul 2019.
    Where: Malvern Hills
    What to expect:

    The Malverns

    12th July (Friday)

    The Malverns with Dr Dick Bryant (Earth Heritage Trust). We shall be following and testing the new EHT app. If you wish to upload on your phone, go to App Stores or Google Play for 'Voyager - Deep Time' by Brooks Designs. In the app there is a list of all the 'Voyages'.


  • Ufton Fields

    When: 28th Aug 2019.
    Where: Ufton Fields
    What to expect:

    Ufton Fields

    28th August (Wednesday)

    Ufton Fields (SP378615) - a former quarry in the White Lias, finishing in the village to examine some of the building stones. Meet 6pm at Reserve car park A joint meeting with the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. Led by Brian Ellis & Faye Irvine.



Previous field trips include:

  • Brandon Geology Wall: May 2016

    When: 18th May 2016 7:00:pm.
    Where: Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve
    What to expect: Field trip to see and examine the Brandon Geology Wall, Brandon Marsh Nature Centre – led by Brian Ellis and Paul Stevenson. Location: Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve Coventry, Warwickshire CV3 3GW


  • Stratford building stones walk: Aug 2016

    When: 17th Aug 2016.
    Where:
    What to expect:

    Stratford building stones walk – led by Julie Harrald and WGCG members.
    Join us for an urban walking tour around Stratford-Upon-Avon looking at the local building materials with a bit of history added. Meet promptly at 6.30pm in the car park accessed by the road called Swans Nest, between Stratford Butterfly Farm and Stratford-Upon-Avon Boat Club (post code CV37 7LS), on the East side of the river. Why not read our WGCG leaflet on Stratford-upon-Avon, its geology and building materials found here.


Useful information:

  • The collecting of rock samples and fossils is very popular, and where this is appropriate and allowed.
  • We visit towns and villages to investigate the uses of different local and imported building stones as well as investigating the local geology as reflected in collections in museums.
  • All attendees must have read the leaflet safety guide for site visits.

Arrangements for the unexpected cancellation of meetings:

An email will be sent to all members, and phone calls to those not online.
The WGCG mobile phone will be answered on the day. For Wednesday evening field trips from 11am. For Saturday or Sunday day field trips from 8.30am.

The number to ring is 0752 7204184

Geoweek 4th to 12th May 2019. Find out more here...