The RGS Geology UK Field Trip Guide






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Field Trips are an essential part of Geology. However, unlike many other "essential" they are probably the best part of the subject! Geology field trips can be very varies, either looking at the type of rocks, the structure or fossil hunting. Many field trips occur in briliant landscapes such as the dorset coast pictured above. Here we offer maps of where we've been, and a taster of what's on offer!

Please be warned that many localities are on private land and you may have to ask permission to gain access. Please be aware that coastal sites are often dangerous and require some special prearation - KNOW THE LOCAL TIDE TABLES! If localities are inland, please observe the countryside code and don't frighten farm animals unnessecarily. Remember to pack spare clothes/rainwear/sun cream as appropriate.

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1. Netherlands Woods, near the Silent Pool and Albury Sand Quarry - Albury, near Guildford

Cretaceous Lower Greensand and Chalk Downland - There is a wide variety of fossils in the chalk including Echinoderms and Corals

 Map of Localities

The map above is by no means to scale, but is just to point out the localities at a regional scale. For more detailed maps of the localities, please click on the headings on the left.

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2.East Cliff and the Warren - Folkestone, Kent

Cretaceous Gault Clay - Large numbers of ammonite fragments within the Gault as well as Gypsum "Cruciform" Crystals

3.Wotton Bassett and Faringdon, Wiltshire and Ashton Keynes, Glous

Wotton Bassett is home to the world famous mud springs which bring up the most amazing Jurassic Ammonites. Faringdon has been known to produce a wide range of marine fossils. The Ashton Keynes localities were neer visited by the RGS, but do produce large Cadicone Ammonites from the Kellaways Formation. WARNING: These localities are on private land and permission must be obtained.

4.The Isle of Purbeck, Dorset

Perhaps the most famous geological area in the south of England. Firstly, there's Lulworth Cove which also sees the most brilliant cross section of the famous "Lulworth Crumple". Further along the coast there is Kimmeridge Bay, a world famous exposure of the source rocks of Britain's oil reserve. No hammering is permitted here though there are brilliant exposures of Kimmeridge ledges! Durleston Head sees massive limestones  yeilded 6ft diameter Ammonites!! Other attraction include Old Harry Rocks and Durdle Door.

5.The Penarth/Lavernock Transect, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales

A brilliant teaching transect for all basic geological features. Carboniferous limestones with a slaty clevage yield large amount of flattened ammonites

 .6.The Ogmore-by-Sea/Southerndown Transect, Vale of Glamorgan

Bedded Jurassic limestones, but shows a wide range of structures including faults and folds.

7.Barry Island, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan

The RGS AS geology mapping area! The famous Carboniferous/Triassic angular Unconformity

 8.Usk (Brynbuga), Monmouthshire

Silurian Inlier containing a wide range of marine fossils including Brachiopods and Trilobites.

9.Marloes and Abereiddi, Pembrokeshire

Marloes - Small amounts of Ancient vesicular lave

Abereiddi - Ordovician Graptolites in dark slates


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