Field Trip: Field Trip to Clevedon

Leader: Maurice Tucker

Entry Fee

Members: Free

Visitors: £3.00

Date and Time



Field Trip Description

On this fieldtrip we will look at the complex but fascinating geological history of the Clevedon area in the vicinity of the pier and beach with its Devonian, Carboniferous and Triassic rocks and Jurassic faulting and mineralisation. After lunch we will take the cliff-top coastal path north to Ladye Bay and Walton Bay (2 miles), to see the Devonian Old Red Sandstone and overlying Triassic scree-fluvial Dolomitic Conglomerate and lake-margin oolites with a backdrop of the wonderful views across the Bristol Channel to Wales. Returning back to Clevedon by the same path. We will also see the effects of sea-level and climate change of the last million years on the coastal landscape, in wave-cut platforms and raised beaches.

Clevedon Pier itself is an interesting place, a grade 1 listed construction, opened 1869, described by John Betjeman as the most beautiful pier in England and winner of the best pier of the year award 2021. Entry is £3.50 and it opens at 10.30. Café at the end of pier too. See you there.

There are free parking places by the beach just before the pier or continue up the hill past the pier (going N) and park in the street towards Ladye Bay.

Meet at 10.30am. Bring a packed lunch or eat in one of the cafés. We will aim to finish 4-4:30pm.

To register please email Bob Mustow at [email protected]
Joining instructions and meet up location will be given on Registration

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Each person attending a field meeting does so on the understanding that he/she attends at his/her own risk. The Bath Geological Society has Public Liability Insurance Cover for field and indoor meetings, but Personal Accident Cover and Personal Liability Cover remain the responsibility and personal choice of the participant.

There may be an element of appropriate cover included in house insurance or in travel insurance: although Bath Geological Society activities are not particularly dangerous members are advised to check whether exclusions apply to activities in which they plan to participate in case they wish to arrange further cover. An annual travel insurance may be the best solution for any member who regularly attends field events: this again is a matter of choice.

Please note however that all members participating in overseas events will be required to have travel insurance for the duration of the event: this is so that participants are covered for Medical, Repatriation and Personal Liability expenses. The Personal Accident element remains the personal choice of the member and again members are advised to check exclusions so that they can make an informed decision about the cover they want.