Leaders: Dr Katie Strang & Gary Hoare
The excursion will start with a one-hour presentation on the history of the lime industry in Charlestown and the geology and palaeontology of the Blackhall Limestone, and a chance to look at a collection of fossils which have been found locally. We will then look at outcrops of the Blackhall limestone and disused quarries. The quarries on the Elgin Estate are no longer operational, but provide an excellent opportunity to look at outcrops of the Early Carboniferous Visean Limestone. There will also be a chance to look for fossils in some of the old spoil heaps. The walk is about 10 minutes from the Charlestown Workshops and is mostly flat, although can become quite waterlogged – wellies or walking boots advised!
Leaving Gregory Building at 9:00, returning at 18:00, travelling by coach
£30 deposit. This is set at a level to recover the anticipated costs of the trip. A small financial adjustment may be made on the bus on the day of the trip.