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DateSunday 23 April 2023
LocationLyme Park
LeaderJane Michael
NotesThe Fred Broadhurst Memorial Field Trip: Lyme Park Part 2 - Fossils and Features.

This year, we will be investigating further glacial features, this time in the southern part of the Park, plus looking at fossils and rock formations. Yes, there are rock exposures and fossils but you do have to seek them out! The walk will be based round Walk 11 in Rocky Rambles in the Peak District. We may also see deer. I am intending to undertake this trip as an all day, from 10am until probably 3.30pm, so we will be 'eating out' in the field (let's hope it doesn't rain!).

For further information and a copy of the Itinerary and Risk Assessment, please email me. Please note that non-National Trust members will have to pay for admission to the park, which includes car parking but not entry to the house.

No bookings will be taken after Friday April 14 2023 as names (members and non-members) must be supplied to the National Trust on Saturday 15 April.
ContactJane Michael

DateSaturday 25 June 2023
LeaderLesley Collins
NotesWaterfalls Walk, joint with Westmorland Geological Society. This is quite a demanding walk on a well-maintained path with an estimated 1000 (one thousand) steps. There is a charge for parking/entry to the walk. Details of the trail, including charges, are available here.
ContactField Excursions Secretary

DateSunday 16 July 2023
LocationForce Crag Mine, Braithwaite, Cumbria
NotesAn underground visit, joint with GeoLancashire.
ContactSecretary, GeoLancashire

DateSaturday 2 September 2023 (Sunday 3 September if weather unreasonable)
LocationBonsall, Derbyshire
LeaderDr Mike Allen
NotesThe North Staffordshire Group of the Geologists' Association has invited members of the MGA to join an excursion to explore the volcanic rocks above Bonsall Village, one of the four Peak District Carboniferous volcanic centres. Included will be Tearsall Farm, an old fluorspar open cast quarry exposing the Upper Matlock Lava. Further details to follow.
ContactField Excursions Secretary

DateSaturday 30 September 2023
LocationAlderley Edge, Cheshire
NotesJoint with GeoLancashire. A surface walk in the morning, and underground in the afternoon. Limited number of places; booking essential.
ContactField Excursions Secretary


Each person attending a field meeting does so on the understanding that he/she attends at his/her own risk. The MGA has Public Liability Insurance cover (including member-to-member cover) for field and indoor meetings and an element of Personal Accident cover. However, members should always ensure that they have Personal Liability cover (normally part of the standard householder's insurance policy - please check your policy) and comprehensive Personal Accident cover. These elements of insurance cover are your responsibility.

Members are reminded that, when in the field, they should wear suitable clothing, take reasonable precautions for their own and others' safety, and follow the leader's instructions. Hard hats should always be taken. When walking through areas such as long grass or bracken, or areas where sheep or deer graze, skin should be covered and tick repellent used - see the Tick Awareness website

If you intend to come along to an event, or for more information about the event or the Risk Assessment for that event, please get in touch with the named contact for that event.

Visitors are always welcome