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Rockwatch Field Trip to the Miller’s Dale, Peak District – FULLY BOOKED!

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Date(s) - Sunday, 26 May 2024
10:00 - 16:00


Millers Dale, Peak District, Derbyshire - photo by Mark Hamblin

Millers Dale, Peak District, Derbyshire – photo by Mark Hamblin

Sorry – this event is now fully booked. Look out for other field trips coming up.

Join us for an unforgettable day of geological exploration in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District. From ancient Carboniferous Limestone to dramatic lava flows and the intrigue of a crude oil deposit, this Rockwatch Field Trip promises a fascinating journey through time. Embrace the geological wonders, connect with fellow enthusiasts, and uncover the secrets etched in the rocks beneath our feet.

Meeting Point:

  • Location: Miller’s Dale Railway Station
  • Grid Reference (GR): SK 138733
  • Postcode: SK17 8SN

What We Will Explore:

  • Carboniferous Limestone
  • Basalt lava flows
  • A fault
  • Millstone Grit
  • Landslips
  • Crude oil deposit exposed by erosion

Finishing Point:

  • Windy Knoll, GR SK 126830

Itinerary (Times Flexible):

10:00 AM – Miller’s Dale: Carboniferous Limestone Quarry and Lime Burning Kiln

  • Delve into the secrets of a Carboniferous Limestone quarry
  • Explore the remnants of a lime burning kiln

12:00 PM – Ravens Tor: Carboniferous Limestone, Lava Flow, and Fault

  • Experience the mystique of Ravens Tor
  • Witness the interplay of Carboniferous Limestone with a lava flow and a fault line

1:30 PM – Litton Mill: Carboniferous Limestone and Basalt Lava

  • Immerse yourself in the geological wonders of Litton Mill
  • Observe the coexistence of Carboniferous Limestone and basalt lava

3:00 PM – Mam Tor: Landslip and Millstone Grit

  • Witness a landslip at Mam Tor and the enduring beauty of Millstone Grit formations

4:00 PM – Windy Knoll: Carboniferous and Crude Oil Deposit

  • Conclude our journey at Windy Knoll
  • Explore Carboniferous formations and exposure of a crude oil deposit

Additional Information:

  • Parking: Miller’s Dale Railway Station car park is pay and display; parking elsewhere on the trip is free.
  • Amenities: Toilets and a café available at Miller’s Dale Railway Station.
  • Lunch: Bring a packed lunch.
  • Attire: No hard hats or hi-vis clothing required; wear boots with good ankle support due to uneven terrain.
  • Equipment: Bring hand lenses; hammers are not necessary.



Children must be accompanied by an adult so please buy tickets for children and accompanying adult/s.

This event is fully booked.

Author: Helen Connolly

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