Kinder Scout

Organised Field Trips

Last updated 13.04.2019

Please note that all field trips require booking.
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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Sat 27th
Apr '19
Trip: Mam Tor and Treak Cliff
Leader:Steve Alcock & Stuart Egan
Sun 26th
May '19
Trip: Centenary of first UK oil discovery at Hardstoft, Derbyshire
Leader: Tim Pharoah & Kevin Topham
Sat 15th & Sun 16th
June '19
Trip: Brassington Tertiary pocket deposits of Derbyshire
Leader: Yorkshire Geological Society Organised
Sat 2.00pm
Sat 25th
June '19
Trip: Goodluck lead mine, Bonsall
Leader: Paul Chandler (PDMHS)
Sat 27th & Sun 28th
July '19
Trip: Geology of Anglesey
Leader: Ian Stimpson of Keele University
Sat 10.00am
Sat 14th
Sept '19
Trip: Bantycock opencast gypsum mine
Leader: Adam Garbutt (St Gobain – Formula)

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.


Carboniferous geology, landslips and Treak Cliff cavern and Blue John workings. Joint meeting with the North Staffs Group of the Geological Association.
Saturday 27th April 2019
Steve Alcock and Stuart Egan (NSGGA)

Meeting time: 10.30am
Meeting place:
Mam Tor Road below Treak Cliff, Castleton

Park at the base of Treak Cliff (SK136833). The visit will cover about 6kms along footpaths including some uphill walking. The visit will also look at Carboniferous outcrops and the Mam Tor landslip. We will visit the show cave at the end of our fieldtrip (approx. 4.00pm.) The cavern shows Blue John veins in-situ as well as excellent cave formations. Bring warm & waterproof clothing, boots and a packed lunch. There is a gift shop, displays and refreshments at the Cavern. Cost £12 which includes entrance to the Treak Cliff Cavern and the field fee.

Centenary of first UK oil discovery at Hardstoft, Derbyshire
Sunday 26th May 2019
Tim Pharoah and Kevin Topham

Meeting time: 11:00am
Meeting place: Oilwell Nursery, Chesterfield Rd, Tibshelf DE55 5NP

This is a two part visit. The morning will be spent at the Oilwell Nursery which is the site of the first discovery of oil in the UK on 27 May 1919. Philip Schofield of Oilwell Nurseries will welcome us and Tim Pharoah of the BGS will describe the reasons behind the search for UK oil at the time and why Hardstoft was selected as one of the drilling sites. We will then travel to Kelham Hall, between Southwell and Newark (postcode NG23 5QX), at 2 pm to visit the museum dedicated to the WW2 Eakring oil and the early North Sea gas discoveries. Its founder, Kevin Topham, will talk about his involvement in the early offshore exploration, including the Sea Gem disaster. Lunch on route – many pubs / cafes on the way.

Brassington Tertiary pocket deposits of Derbyshire
Saturday and Sunday 15th/16th June 2019
Organised by the Yorkshire Geological Society

Meeting time: 2:00pm
Meeting Place: British Geological Survey, Nicker Hill, Keyworth, Notts NG12 5GG. Park in BGS car park on left after barrier at entrance.

Saturday 15th June 2019
Afternoon of talks on the Geology and geomorphology of Brassington pocket deposits, Derbyshire. Afternoon of talks on - Caves, pocket deposits and records of environmental change.

Sunday 16th June 2019
Field visit to Brassington pocket deposits, Wirksworth, Derbyshire.
Leader: Jim Riding (BGS)
Time: TBA
Meeting place: Manystones Lane, 4.5 km west of Wirksworth, near Hoben International works (SK 24100 54580). Please park just off Manystones Lane.

Please wear warm clothing and stout footwear and bring a packed lunch. This is a one-day field trip to examine the Brassington Formation of Miocene age in the high peak of Derbyshire. The onshore UK is not well known for Miocene sediments (there is a major hiatus between the Oligocene and the Pliocene in southeast England) and the Brassington Formation is the best example of sediments in karstic fills which survived Late Neogene and Quaternary erosion. The Brassington Tertiary (Miocene) sand, clay and gravel deposits infill karstic cavities in dolomitised Carboniferous Limestone.

Goodluck lead mine, Bonsall
Tuesday 25th June 2019
Paul Chandler (PDMHS)

Meeting time: 7.00pm
Meeting place: Layby on A5012 Via Gellia Road from Cromford to Newhaven (grid ref SK 269566) 1.0 miles west of The Woodside Café.

This evening underground visit to an old Peak District lead mine that has been conserved by a dedicated group of mining history enthusiasts is an easy grade trip, with mostly walking/stooping size passages and dry – apart from the odd puddle. Well worth bringing a camera for the superb mine inscriptions, artefacts and displays. Wear old clothes or overalls. Helmet & cap lamps provided. £5 donation fee per person.

Geology of Anglesey
Saturday 27th / Sunday 28th July 2019
Ian Stimpson of Keele University

Meeting time: 10.00 am
Meeting place: Marquis of Anglesey's column car park on north side of A5 (not the A55) 400 m west of the A5 / A55 junction at Llanfair P.G. LL61 5NG

Saturday July 27th 2019
10:00-11:30 Marquis of Anglesey's Monument, LlanfairPG - Introduction & Blueshists (Precambrian)
12:00-14:30 Lunch + Llanddwyn Island, Newborough- Gwna Group (Precambrian-Cambrian)
15:00-17:00 Rhoscolyn, near Holyhead - South Stack Group (Cambrian-Ordovician)

Sunday July 28th 2019
10:00-11:30 Red Wharf Bay - Carboniferous Limestone and palaeokarst, (Carboniferous & Quaternary).
12:00-14:30 Lunch + Lligwy Bay - Fluvial sandstones & structure (Devonian)
15:00-17:00 Parys Mountain - Copper Mineralisation (Ordovician-Silurian)
This is a chance to see the wide range of geological and structural environments for which Anglesey is famous together with a visit to the amazing landscape of the Parys Mountain copper mine and its precipitating ponds.

Bantycock opencast gypsum mine
Saturday 14th September 2019
Adam Garbutt (St Gobain – Formula)

Meeting time: 10.00am
Meeting place: Bantycock Quarry, Staple Lane, New Balderton, Newark-on-Trent NG24 3EP

This is a chance to see a working quarry and associated operations at the Bantycock facility of St Gobain. We will be escorted by company personnel at all times. The quarry works a number of gypsum seams in thee Triassic Branscombe Mudstone Formation. Quarrying and company regulations require that all members of the party must wear High-vis protective clothing, hard hat, suitable protective footwear, eye protection and gloves. Anyone without suitable protection will not be allowed onto the site. All these items (apart from footwear) can be bought from The Range store at reasonable cost.