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.
2018 field trips:
Led by Dave Kennett & Hugh Jones to look at both brickwork and building stones. Introductory talk from a brickwork expert followed by a town walk, possibly with lunch out.
When: 9th May 2018 7:30:pm.
What to expect: There will be a WGCG evening field outing to Kenilworth Cutting and Common on Wednesday 9th May, led by Ian Fenwick. The trip will start with a visit to the Local Geological Site and then proceed to the Common via the Cutting. We will rendezvous at c. 6.45pm in the Princes Drive Industrial Estate, CV8 2FD, where we can park. We will then walk (via a short cut) to the Greenway and on to the Cutting section, Thereafter, the intention is to walk on to the Common to discuss the origin, properties and extent of the sands & gravels which make up the Common. A short walk from there will enable us to return to our cars. Risk Assessment: This is an outdoor walk on footpaths and there may be some 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.
A landscape walk led by Brian Ellis. This will be a joint meeting with RGS, whose members have priority booking, but we do anticipate a good number of spaces being available for WGCG members. 11am Start
When: 20th Jun 2018.
What to expect: 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.
When: 21st Jul 2018.
What to expect: Ecton Copper Mine, Manifold Valley between Hulme End and Wardlow Led by Ecton Educational Trust staff. Ecton mine was formerly the largest copper mine in the world. The visit includes underground and hillside tours and “mining-related” indoor activities. Details for the day & registration form here.
Previous field trips include:
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 – 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.
- 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