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Geology Field Trip- Yorkshire Chalk

21 May 2016
Start time
9:30 AM

Event Information

This is now fully booked. To put your name on the waiting list, please email RLeonardYork@gmail.com

FORMAL BOOKING FORM- £8 pp base cost

Saturday 21 May 2016- Geology Field Trip- Yorkshire Chalk. 

Many thanks for your earlier expression of interest in this trip. We are heavily oversubscribed and the trip is already viable, so please send in your booking form promptly to avoid disappointment.

Transport will be by private car so the base cost is low at £8pp. This includes YPS administrative charges and expenses for the guide, but does not include transport, parking, or meals. Any unspent contingency will be donated equally between the YPS and YGS. Directions and an approximate itinerary are shown overleaf.

Please note that we have brought the start time forward to 10am at North Landing, Flamborough, to make better use of the early low tide at 11am. This implies leaving York at about 8.30 am. Please also note that there are 190 steep steps down to Selwick bay and it will sometimes be wet and slippery underfoot- you should consider whether you are up to this and you should wear suitable footwear and clothing. A safety helmet is not essential, but is strongly recommended if you wish to get close to the cliffs.  A helmet costs from only £4.34 from B&Q for example. I will bring a couple of safety goggles for anyone who would like instruction on how to use a geological hammer. You may also wish to bring a snack, as tide constraints preclude us stopping for a civilised lunch until the afternoon.

We are very fortunate to have Paul Hildreth, secretary of the Yorkshire Geological Society, as our guide. His Risk Assessment is attached. Paul is an expert on chalk, and will concentrate on the lithostratigraphy of the Chalk at Flamborough Head. However, there should be plenty of wildlife to see as well.

We have also invited the tutor and students of the post graduate geology diploma that the YPS is supporting at the University of York, as they have limited field trips as part of their course.

To see the full terms and conditions, click here.

To download a copy of the risk assessment, click here: Flamborough Risk Assessment

If you are still interested in this field trip, please return the following booking form asap to Frances Chambers at the YPS Lodge, Museum Gardens,and enclose a cheque for £8pp made out to the YPS. Please include a SAE if you are not on email. I will co-ordinate lifts closer to the event.

Rod Leonard    RLeonardYork@gmail.com     Mobile 079 868 868 14


21 May 2016- Geology Field Trip- Yorkshire Chalk- Booking Form

Name 1                                                                       Name 2                                                                                                          



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I/we recognise that this trip is more arduous than most YPS trips, and have read and understood the YPS Booking Terms and Conditions, and the Risk Assessment. I enclose a cheque for £8 per person, made out to the “YPS”.

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Please return signed form, the cheque, and SAE or email to the YPS Lodge, Museum Gardens, York, YO1 7DR

Can you offer spare seat(s)in your car?          Yes/No?                    How many?

Would you appreciate a lift?                              Yes/No?


0830 abt          dep York, to suit each car driver and passengers. Google maps estimate 1 hr 20 mins from York.

1000                arr North Landing, Flamborough, YO15 1BJ (OS grid TA 238719) From Flamborough village follow the B1265 signposted for North Landing. The road terminates above North Landing, and we meet in the car park on the left. Toilet and cafe facilities are advertised. We will look at the lithostratigraphy of the Chalk and the variations in flint form; North Landing has nearly all of the different types on offer.

1130 ?             Transfer 3 miles to car park at the new lighthouse at Selwick’s Bay, YO15 1AR (OS grid TA 253706), at the far end of Lighthouse Road on the east side of Flamborough (you will pass the old chalk lighthouse on your left). Full facilities. The important exposures are close to the bottom of the 190 steep steps leading from the car park near the lighthouse.  Here we can look at deformation of the Chalk and a fault breccia.

1300 ?             Transfer 2 miles to South Landing  car park at YO15 1AG (OS grid TA 230694) where there is higher (flintless) chalk cut by a glacial channel with till and bedded sands and gravels. The state of the tide will dictate how far we can wander from the slipway.

1430?              End of trip, but you may wish to return 2 miles to the Headlands Restaurant at Selwick Bay which is large enough for us to have a late lunch for the whole group (not included in trip cost).