Please note that Chris is not doing any further field trips until his back improves. However the Dartmouth U3A group are going to Gara Rock on 11-Sep-19 - see details below - and you are welcome to join them.
Dartmouth U3A Geology Wed 11th Sept 2019 Visit Meet 10am Gara Rock
For this months geology the Dartmouth group will be having a visit to the beach at Gara Rock. Due to the tide the visit will be in the MORNING. Please meet in the outdoor seating area of the Gara Rock Hotel at 10am. There is a big car park in the field just north of the Hotel. We will walk down to the beach and look at two metamorphic rocks which have been heated and altered about 10km down in the earths crust. We will also look at some stunningly clear evidence of changes in sea level. A map is attached, allow 40 mins from Dartmouth as the lanes in this area can be quite slow going. There is no charge for attendance.
The walk down to the beach is steep in places. If you are intending to come and might have space for one or two passengers then please let me know by email. Equally if you would like a lift should one be available then let me know. I will try to play matchmaker.
If anyone from the other local U3A geology groups would like to join us that would be no problem.
Coordinator, Dartmouth U3A Geology Group
Usually on Thursday mornings early every month, the group visits a site with interesting geology within easy access from Kingsbridge. Depending on venue, whether it is the first Thursday or the second may depend on the tide.
To see a list of where we have been and what we have seen so far, click on the 'Geology - Visits and Reports' link here on the right. A report of a visit, where available, can be read by clicking on a link in the list (in colour) or in the panel on the Visits page.
Our visit on 12th January 2017 was to Kents Cavern – we last went there in December 2011. The trip went very well (see pictures right).
We had a pleasant morning at Prawle Point on 4th May 2017 in what was our 60th outing!! The only picture I managed to take is that of the group on the right. There was as much interest in the flowers as the rock but we did see some good exposures of the Hornblende Schist and the Coastwatch lookout was a good place to see the ancient cliff lines. Also on the right is an excellent picture that Vivienne took. You can clearly see the concave surfaces caused by the chemical weathering of the Hornblende Schist.
Wednesday 8th May 2019 Postponed to 5th June
For May we are going to join the Dartmouth U3A Group in a field trip led by Tim Freeman to Blackpool Sands, between Strete and Stoke Fleming. Please note this will be on Wednesday afternoon. I think Tim is starting at 2:30pm but I will confirm this once he has sent out the details.
Wednesday 5th June
Blackpool Sands as above but time 1pm or earlier (tba).
Thursday 13th June 2019
Goodrington Sands, Paignton.
Turn off the Paignton to Brixham road (called Dartmouth Road) and signed to Goodrington Sands and the Railway. Take the left turn almost immediately across the railway and towards the sea. There is a small pay and display car park in front of the shops - this is where we will meet at 10:30 - GR895595. If this is full retrace your steps and park in Youngs Car Park on your right before you get to the railway bridge. Since we were there last they have knocked down the public conveniences but there are some at the south end of the sands and you may find some in the Brewers Fayre pub. We can do the easy walk along the promenade to Roundham Head and then those that want to can go south along the coast path to Waterside and/or Saltern Coves.
Tuesday July 16th 2019
On Tuesday 16th the Totnes group are going to Haytor Quarry if any of your group would like to join in. 4 of Tim's group said they'd come as well.
We'll be meeting in the carpark where the shop and toilets are at around 10am
If you want to go let Caz who leads the Totnes U3A Group know by email
Thursday July 18th 2019
Devonshire Association Industrial Archaeology Section trip to the Plym Valley. It's where we've been before so there's plenty of geology to see as well. Non-members of IASDA are welcome but at extra cost. Meet at Plym Valley National Trust Car Park (free) at GR SX 525 586. We will follow the River Plym upstream to inspect the remains of the Cann Quarry Canal, the standard gauge railway (GWR) to Tavistock, the Cann Quarry Tramway (4ft 6in gauge), and other quarries, wheel-pits and the remains of cottages. We then climb through beech woods to inspect lead-silver mine sites and return along the Lee Moor Tramway and Incline.
For more information, email Chris by clicking Geology