Kinder Scout

Organised Field Trips

Last updated 11.06.2018

Please note that all field trips require booking with Ian Sutton.
Hard hats are required on all trips.

Members should book field trip places with Tim Colman (Tel: 0115 9374743)
Non members should register with the secretary
Field trip
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Sun 20th
May '18
Trip: Northamptonshire ironstone
Leader: Ian Clarke
10.15 am
Sat 16th
June '18
Trip: Holmebank chert mine, Bakewell
Leader: Paul Chandler of the PDMHS
2.00 pm
7th & 8th
July '18
Trip: Malverns
Leader: John Payne, Moira Jenkins
10.00 am
Sat 15th
Sept '18
Trip: Churnet valley, Staffordshire
Leader: Ian Stimpson of Keele University
10.00 am

Members are reminded that the Society has only public liability insurance and that personal accident insurance is a matter for individual members to arrange as they consider necessary. Up to date hard hats are obligatory for all field excursions involving quarries or cliff faces and strongly recommended for all trips. High visibility clothing is sometimes required in working quarries. High visibility tabards can be obtained from GA Enterprises, 126 Fleetside, W. Molesey, Surrey KT8 2NQ at 4.70 incl. pp. Members without suitable hard hats may be refused access to certain sites! Hard hats can be obtained from many Builders' Merchants, Wickes, B&Q Warehouse etc. for about 4.00.

Any non-members attending field excursions will have to pay a temporary membership fee of £2.00 and all participants are reminded that they must comply with any instructions from excursion leaders or, for example, quarry managers or their employees on Health & Safety issues.


Northamptonshire ironstone.
Sunday, 20th May 2018
Ian Clarke

Meeting time: 10.00 am
Meeting place:
Irchester Country Park lower car park NN29 7DL (Charges will apply) Meet outside cafe.

Country park built around an abandoned Jurassic iron ore opencast site at .Gypsy Lane, Little Irchester, Wellingborough NN29 7DL and has a newly opened (June 2017) ironstone heritage trail. There is also a narrow gauge railway museum (open on Sundays).

Visit this exposure of the mid-Jurassic Northampton Sand ironstone and go on to the Twywell Hills and Dales to see the remains of the 'hill and dale' method of ironstone working and exposures of boxstone structures preserved in the gullet. (near Cranford off the A14 at NN14 4AW). Access will be on well marked paths in the Country Park and wooded trails at Twyford (can be slippery and muddy if wet).

Holmebank Chert Mine, Bakewell
Saturday, 16th June 2018
Paul Chandler of the PDMHS

Meeting time: 2.00 pm
Meeting place: Holme Lane, Bakewell, DE45 1GF.

Extensive underground trip walking in through the adit entrance. Dry, with no crawling or ladders. Interesting flooded levels and mining artefact. Party size around 12, plus leader. Detailed parking information will be given to participants.

EQUIPMENT: Old clothes or overalls. Helmet & torches. Some helmets can be supplied but bring your own if you have one.

Weekend Outing – Malverns Precambrian inlier
Saturday 7th/Sunday 8th July 2018 (NOTE CHANGE OF DATE)
John Payne (Saturday), Moira Jenkins (Sunday)

Meeting time: 10.00 am
Meeting Place: Earnslaw quarry car park (SO 7705 4413). This is off the Wyche Road (B4218), one mile south of the centre of Great Malvern. Car park 4 all day (covering all Malvern Hills car parks).

Saturday. In the morning we will visit several Malvern rock sites around the Wyche Cutting, look at the views to east and west and perhaps visit a quarry in the Silurian limestones, and include an early light lunch at the Geocentre (SO 7680 4355). In the afternoon we will visit to some large quarries at the north end of the Malvern ridge.

Sunday. Moira Jenkins will lead the group around parts of the southern Malvern Hills, including visits to quarries and Cambrian and Silurian beach deposits. Meet at Swinyard Hill car park at 9.30 am (Again, 4/day/car; SO 7662 3813; This is 15 or 20 minutes drive south of Malvern).

Churnet valley, Staffordshire
Saturday, 15th September 2018 (NOTE CHANGE OF DATE)
Ian Stimpson of Keele University

Meeting time: 10.00 am
Meeting place: Froghall Wharf, Foxt Road, Cheadle, Staffordshire ST10 2HJ. SK 0268 4765 (just off the A52 to Stoke)

This is a 8 km walk over a variety of Carboniferous Gritstones and Coal Measures rocks in a scenic post-industrial valley among the remains of coal and ironstone mining, copper smelting and lime burning. The geomorphology of the region will be discussed with particular reference to both the underlying geology and events at the end of the last ice age. The walk will be on paths, some of which will have steep sections and may be muddy.