Open University Geological Society (London Branch)




Day Trips

Longer Trips

S209 Students


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Past Events


Please use the Registration Form to express your interest in these events and obtain more information.

Fieldwork is an essential part of geology. Whether it is someone looking at rocks for the first time or people engaged in speciality research, the field element is essential.
It is recommended to register with the event's organiser so that you can be notified of any change, and to avoid events being over-subscribed. We will always try to contact anyone who has registered an interest in a trip in advance. If you have registered and find that you will not be able to attend please inform the event organiser to allow someone else to take your place.
Details of events more than two months ahead are provisional. None of the event descriptions here constitute a brochure under the Package Travel Regulations (1992).
Note that day field trips generally carry a charge of £3.00 to cover costs. Where an event carries an admission fee, more will be charged, and the amount should be made clear in the event details.


Sunday 19 February 2017

S209 Student Day to Herne Bay

For details see the S209 Student Page

Contact: Iain Fletcher


Saturday 4 March

Chilterns Geology with Haydon Bailey and Liam Gallagher

We will start at the National Trust Centre on Dunstable downs with a visit to Kensworth chalk quarry to follow. It is a geological SSSI that provides an unrivalled reference section for the boundary between the Turonian Middle Chalk and the Coniacian Upper Chalk. Of particular importance is the Chalk Rock, a distinctive marker horizon that has yielded many well preserved and rare fossils.

Contact John Lonergan - John.lonergan@pbworld.com - to book a place, and if any queries. Please mention whether you need, or can offer, lifts

Contact: John Lonergan


Kensworth Chalk Quarry

Kensworth Chalk Quarry - Panorama photo Rob Farrow


Sunday 9 April

Greensand Ridge with John Lonergan

Details to follow.

Contact: John Lonergan


Sunday 7 May

Vale of Whitehorse Geowalk with Iain Fletcher

This is our ‘Geowalk’ for 2017, maintaining the series of Geowalks established by LOUGS stalwart Brian Harvey. This one was last held 20 years ago, so it is well overdue to be done again. As usual, it is a ‘circular’ walk from a car park, this time of 12 km (7½ miles) mostly on footpaths in the country east of Swindon. There are 160 m (500 ft.) of descent and re-ascent involved in the walk.

It starts on the Chalk of the Lambourn Downs, walking up onto the ridge top (with views north, weather-dependent), and then down into the valley below (Gault Clay) before the return up onto the ridge. Although there are now few exposures of the rocks underfoot, they have been responsible for the present topography, soils, streams and all the elements of land use such as villages, transport routes, farming and quarrying. This area is also rich in human history, including structures from the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Roman period. All of these aspects are woven into the story of this area, and this walk aims to relate and illustrate that story.

Contact: Iain Fletcher


Sun 4 June

Puddingstone and Royston Caves with Jane Tubb

Details to follow.

Contact: Alan Wilson


Saturday 24 June

On the rocks at Bognor Regis

The foreshore exposures of Palaeogene geology at Bognor Regis include two geological SSSIs, which have yielded nationally important fossil material from the London Clay and Reading Formations. A good low tide is required, constraining a beach visit to late afternoon / early evening, so the day will commence with visits to two medieval churches to look at the history of the area and use of local building stone.

Contact: John Lonergan


July - date TBC

Barton-on-Sea with Iain Fletcher

This trip is for everyone keen on finding fossils, because there are thousands of them to see, and then more, and yet more ....... The location is the beach on the south coast at Barton, where the clay cliffs contain many different types of sea shells, 41 million years old. The shells are typical of present-day sub-tropical seas, so the climate here was warmer then. There is also the chance of finding small fossil shark teeth that have been washed out of the clay and into the beach gravel.

At the start of the trip there will be a short introduction on what to look for, but then visitors can take as much time as they like in searching, because it is a public beach (but beware the incoming tide).

If you want to see the fossils in advance, visit the excellent website http://www.dmap.co.uk/fossils/index.htm , clicking on the row of photos for the Barton Beds.

Contact: Iain Fletcher


Thursday 20 July

Evening Trip: Building Stones with Diana Smith

Details to follow.

Contact: Sue Vernon


September - date TBC Wed 13 or 20

Weekday Trip: Chicksgrove and Avebury with Diana Smith

Details to follow.

Contact: Sue Vernon


Sat 30 September

GEOCONSERVATION DAY at Riddlesdown Quarry, Croydon

Details to follow.

Contact: Di Clements


October - date TBC

Mullard Space Observatory (TBC)

Details to follow.

Contact: John Lonergan


Please use the Registration Form to express your interest in these events and obtain more information.