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Previous NEGS Field Trips

2023 Trips

There are still some details to be finalised, but here is the plan so far ....

Dr. Ian Kille will be leading a study of his local geology in the Cheviot.

Recent details added:-

It will be a good walk up the College valley of course as private vehicles are not allowed. Ian Kille will lead the group, examining elements of the volcanic history of this part of the Cheviot and the more recent glacial episode. The environment is particularly important, bird watchers and botanists may be able to add to the groups enjoyment of the trip. Car sharing is strongly encouraged, can members registering their interest in joining the trip please indicate if they are willing to offer a lift to other members.

We will be obtaining permissions to take vehicles up the valley to make this walk feasible, so there will be some restrictions on the number of vehicles we can take up the valley because of this and the limitations on parking once in the valley. This may mean that we will have to do some sharing of car space once we go beyond the Hethpool Car Park.


Final permission for going up the valley is yet to be granted but a conversation with the Estate Manager says this is unlikely to be a problem.


This will involve two walking routes one from Hethpool to Hethpool Linn a round trip of circa 4km on a good path, and from Cuddystone Hall up to Goldscleugh a round trip of about 9km much of which is on the road.

Full details will be forwarded to members ( and their guests) shortly after they contact the Field secretary:

On May 28th Dr. Andy Lane will lead a trip to Fulwell and Marsden. 
The following information has been provided:-

Join the NEGS time ship with Dr. Andy Lane as it whisks you away from the violent eruptions heartily enjoyed with Dr Ian Kille on the 16th of April. 

Andy is leading a visit to witness the effects of the gigantic flooding of the hot dry interior of Pangea by the sea.

After millions of years of growth Pangea, lying close to the equator, witnessed a huge breach on its northern coast allowing the sea to flow south into the interior of the continent. The sea continued to deepen and expand allowing new, marine sedimentation to collect. Andy will lead us to the exposures telling the tale of the Permian marine sediments in our area (close to Marsden rock).


If you are interested in this trip of a lifetime, reserve your place at:
Further details HERE (Word format)

On June 18th we will be visiting Nenthead, guided by local volunteers.   Note that this is a joint visit, with NOUGS. Members should register with only one of the two organisations.

On July 9th Gordon Liddle / Christine Telford: stress environments affecting the Carboniferous in SE Northumberland. 
Details TBA, best contact Gordon Liddle a few days before the event to confirm.

On August 20th  Karl Egeland-Eriksen and Gordon Liddle will be leading at Greenleighton Quarry / Wards Hill Quarry.  Final details of times and meeting places still to be confirmed.

And on Sept 17th Dr Chris Savilll will lead at Bowlees, studying disturbed sedimentary sequences of the North Pennines

Full details for each trip will be circulated to members registering with the NEGS Field Secretary: The Nenthead visit is a Joint trip with NOUGS.

An EXTRA FIELD TRIP  has been announced ...

It is not actually one of ours, it is run by one of our regular Trip Leaders, Dr. Ian Kille.

The trip is to Howick,on 25th July, and the details are at
Anyone interested needs to book with Ian via 

Later ...
And Dr. Ian Kille has now announced more field trips for anyone interested.

There will be one to St Abbs, on Thursday 17th August.

Ian writes:-
We will be exploring the range of volcanic rocks which form the headland to give a sense of what this volcanic centre would have been like when it was active some 400 million years ago. We will also explore its relationship to the older rocks which abut these ancient lava flows, a journey into an ancient deep sea floor now so compressed and uplifted that its rocks are vertical.

Booking is essential for all of these walks, and details of this walk and how to book can be found on the Northumbrian Earth website along with other events being run by Northumbrian Earth.

Look out for information on the following walk from Craster on August 23

Latest ...
Ian will be leading further excursions on the 5th and 15th of September.  Details as usual, at

Winter Season Lectures 23/24 - a mix of Face-to-Face and Zoom

First Lecture:  Face-to-Face.
20th October, 2023
Lecturer - Dr. Jenny Jenkins  of Durham University will speak on Deep Earth Seismology

Second Lecture: Zoom.
17th November, 2023. 

Lecturer - Prof. James Baldini of Durham University will speak on  Meltwater, meteors, and volcanoes: the elusive cause of the Younger Dryas Event


Third Lecture:  Face-to-Face.
Friday 8th December, 2023.  As was becoming a tradition before Covid, this will be a 'Members evening', where members will do short (20 minute?) presentations on subjects of interest. Volunteers  needed!

1. Steve Woodward -  Hydrogen & damage mechanisms
2. Lewis McKenzie - Six weeks geological mapping of Durness - NW Scotland - An undergraduate experience.
3. Andy Lane - Slipping through the Permian on the Downhill Slide.

This meeting will end with Christmas nibbles and socialisation.

Fourth Lecture:  Zoom.

Friday 19th January, 2024
Lecturer - Dr. Neil Phillips from Stellenbosch University, RSA & University of Melbourne, Australia, will speak on "Gold geology in 2024".  sounds good for anyone who dreams of getting rich . . .

Fifth Lecture: Zoom

Friday 16th February, 2024

URGENT!! Short notice cancellation due to illness

There will be no Zoom meeting tonight.

Lecturer - Dr. Catriona D. Menzies of Durham University will speak on "Fluid flow in orogenic belts, gold mineralisation & geothermal activity"

Sixth Lecture: Face-to-Face.

Friday 15th March, 2024
Face to Face – AGM followed by  ...
Lecturer -Dr. Julia Knapp of Durham University will speak on "Going down the Drain: Water Quality in a Changing Climate" - an important current political issue!


Sunday April 24th Andy Lane (much esteemed retired lecturer and local author) took us around Sunderland looking at the rocks used in the construction of local buildings.  

The First Field Trip of this year was generally regarded as a great success.


Sunday May 22nd  Field excursion to the Derwent Valley to examine glacial features in the area, led by Derek Teasdale.

No report is yet available for the second field trip - it will be posted here or in the Newsletter when written.

On Sunday, 26th June 2022 We explored the eastern end of Liddesdale and the Hutton Unconformity.

On Sunday 17th July  Dr Ian Kille led a trip to examine the tectonic effects that are visible on the coast, between Tynemouth and Seaton Sluice.

On Saturday 13th August we held a joint field trip with the Northumbria Open University Geological Society (NOUGS) to explore the Carboniferous section along the South Tyne valley to its source including mineralisation in the area.


July 17th

Southdean Law, Chesters, near Bonchester Bridge.

A Nepheline Basanite plug - rather unusual in context of the local area.

More details in the Sept 2021 Newsletter (see Newsletters page)

Led by Louis  Golightly

August 21st

Whin sill exposures

Details when available

Led by Ian Kille

September 19th

The Burtreeford Disturbance

Details when available

Led by Karl Egeland-Eriksen


Was a bit of a problem due to pandemic!


Sun April 14th 2019

The Post-glacial development of the Ouseburn Valley

Led by Gordon Liddle

Sunday 19th May 2019

The Closehouse-Lunedale Fault System and local mineralisation

Led by Lesley Collins

Sunday 9th June 2019

The Early Carboniferous Sedimentary rocks around Spittal

Led by Dr. Ian Kille

Sunday 7th July 2019

The Lower Permian Magnesian Limestone around Trow Point

Led by Karl Egeland-Eriksen

Sunday 3rd August 2019

Coldingham and the Linkim Shore

Led by Louis Golightly

Sunday 29th Sept 2019

A look Around Seaham (Mag Lst & Coal Measures)

Led by Dr. Andy Lane


Sun 22nd April 2018

Askrigg - sandstone, limestone, and mineralisation

Led by Lesley Collins

Other details of 2018 have been lost from this site due to a computer error.  They should be available in old Newsletters.


Sat 15th July 2017

Whin exposures on North East coast

Dr. Ian Kille, Northumbrian Earth

Sat 17th June 2017

Whiteadder Water, Lower Carboniferous sediments, Berwickshire, Scottish Borders

Leader:  Louis Golightley

Sat 20th May 2017

Jurassic ironstone and jet plus a Palaeogene dyke, Roseberry Topping and Cliff Rigg Quarry

A joint field meeting with NOUGS led by Karl Egeland-Erikson

7th May 2017

Glacial Lineations in Mid-Northumberland

Leader:  Derek Teasdale



21st May 2016

Geological Sites in Sunderland South

Leader:  Dr Andy Lane

30th July 2016

Quaternary Glaciation in the Cheviot Hills

Leader:  Derek Teasdale

9th October 2016

Field-trip - The Geology of Holy Island

Leader:  Louis Golightly




9th May 2015

Carboniferous sedimentary cycles between Howick Bay and Boulmer

Leader: Derek Teasdale

4th July 2015

Siccar  Point and Barns Ness

Leader: Mike Browne

19th Sept 2015      

Whitby – Saltwick Bay

Leader: John Waring


26th Sept 2015

Knock Fell, Pennine Escarpment.

Leader: Eric Johnson


10th Oct 2015

Coldberry Gutter, Teesdale

Leader: Brian Young




11th May 2014

Sutton Bank and the Howardian Hills: Middle and Upper Jurassic

Leaders:  John Powell and Jon Ford 


5th July 2014

Lady Cross Quarry and Blanchland: Carboniferous stratigraphy with Mineralisation

Leader: Dr. Eric Johnson


20th July 2014

Austwick and Crummackdale: Precambrian to Silurian Stratigraphy with Devonian to Carboniferous Structural features.

Leader: Dr. Eric Johnson


12th October 2014

Nenthead: Carboniferous Sedimentary Rocks of the Alston Block

Leaders: Peter Jackson and Brian Young


25th October 2014

Durham Cathedral: Building Materials

Leader: Brian Young





23rd June 2013

Teesdale: Carboniferous Rocks including the Whin Sill

Leader: Brian Young


7th September 2013

Seaton Sluice and St. Mary's Island, Whitley Bay: Carboniferous Westphalian B Coal Measures

Leader: Gordon Liddle





12th May 2012

Ryhope Dene, Seaham and Blast Beach: Permian Magnesium Limestone Sequence

Leader: Andy Lane

23rd June 2012

Wards Hill and Lordenshaws Hill Fort: Whin Sill Exposure and Lime Kiln

Leaders: Derek Teasdale and Gordon Liddle


7th July 2012

The Sedgwick Geological Trail 

Leader: Dr. John Knight


4th August 2012

Glacial Geomorphology and Anthropogenic Alteration in Swaledale: Morraines, Mines and Mounds

Leader: Jon Barber




8th May 2011

Tynemouth: Upper Carboniferous Deltaic Sediments, Permian Unconformity and the Ninety Fathom Fault

Leader: Gordon Liddle


19th June 2011

Saltwick Bay, Whitby: Lower and Middle Jurassic Dinosaur Tracks and Fossils

Leader: Dr. Martin Whyte


2nd July 2011

Upper Tees Drumlins

Leader: Wishart Mitchell


16th July 2011

Kisdon, Upper Swaledale: Glaciation and Glacier Wastage  

Leader: Dr. Jon Barber


6th August 2011

The Ferryhill Gap: Magnesian Limestone Escarpment

Leader: Derek Teasdale


17th September 2011

Sunderland's Secret Geology

Leader: Andy Lane





2nd May 2010

Cayton Bay, Scarborough: Middle to Upper Jurassic Rocks, the Redcliff Fault and Quaternary Tills

Leader: Dr. Martin Whyte


19th June 2010

Durham: Permian Yellow Sands and Overlying Marl Slates

Leader: Prof. Maurice Tucker


11th July 2010

Ingleton, Yorkshire Dales: The Craven Faults and Thornton Force Unconformity

Leader: Gordon Liddle


14th August 2010

Whitburn Bay, Sunderland: Glacial Sediments

Leader: Derek Teasdale


2nd October 2010

Nent Valley, Pennines: Carboniferous Cyclothem Deposits

Leader: Brian Young





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