Ross on Wye & District

Recent activities

February 2020
Beachley Point
Confluence of Wye and Severn

Sept 2019: Leckhampton Hill Jurassic limestones
August2019: Little Doward : Tour guided by Ray Whiley

October 2018: WE joined our colleagues from Monmouth U3A to hear a very interesting talk by geologist Cherry Lewis ( David Mushet (Forest of Dean's first geologist).

September 2018 trip: Ray Whiley led a visit to Golden Valley for a combined archaeology/geology trip to Snodhill Castle and to Arthurs Stone. Nice lunch at Pandy Inn .

December 2017 -March 2018 : Atrocious weather has meant that we have been unable to venture out but we have instead held two indoor discussions of our own on Plate Tectonics and on Age of Rocks together with participation in two of the Monmouth U3A meetings when outside speakers were invited .

Octobre 2017: Coppett Hill

September 2107 : Much Marcle Ridge

June - Cancelled due to hot weather.

May 2017 Titterstone Clee Hill Ludlow - A spectacular landscape and a chance to see a quarry working

April 2017 Woolhope - Fossil hunting in the Woolhope limestone - some good finds.

March 2017 Wye Gorge at Biblins -

February 2017 Wye Gorge at Chepstow.

Nov 2016: Soudley old railway cuttings -Gloucestershire Geology trail. Another good day. 100 million years of Earth history in a 1 mile walk. Shakemantle quarry was well worth the short climb.

October 2016 Devil's Chapel scowles at Bream
A rewarding half day trip. These are the best scowles in the Forest without doubt.

May 2016. Underground at Hopewell Colliery. This was a change from our usual viewpoint; we looked up at the strata from below rather than vice-versa. It was good to see that free miners still take coal out from the Forest mine and learn a bit about the mining history first hand.

April 2016. Another interesting day out, this time with a bit of a difference. Robin Nicol who has been involved with the reclamation project for the Herefordshire-Gloucestershire canal, led us for a tour of the canal route around Dymock. This may lead to a future project, to discover some evidence of the long defunct Newent coalfield .

March 2016. Back to the great outdoors again for a really pleasant day in the sunshine on Malvern Hills. We met for a chat and coffee at Malvern Hills Hotel before a geologising session in Gardiners Quarry and then a moderately brisk walk to the top of the ridge to compare the contrasting landscapes and geology to east and west.

February 2016 : Soudley Heritage Centre. An indoor expedition seemed sensible in view of the likely weather.

Jan 2016 Building stones in Llanwarne. Ray Whiley led a party to brave the winter weather round sites of interest around Llanwarne . We were all duly grateful both to Ray and to Anne and Brian for their hospitality and hot drinks at the end of the morning.

December 2015: Stratigraphic details of mince pies and the erosion potential of mulled wine formed the main topic s for our final meeting of the year. Plans for 2016 were hazily discussed (I think).

November 2015: Defying wind and rain , we took the geology trail over Little Doward , led by the redoubtable Ray Whiley who is Earth Heritage Trust Champion for this site of special geological interest. Refuge for lunch in the Old Court Inn at Whitchurch made for a very satisfying , if windswept day out.

October 2015:
The year's excursions wouldn't have been complete without a visit to the Malverns. After a tour of the geologically famous Gullet quarry site we took a stroll on Castlemoreton Common to admire the view of British Camp.

Summer trips 2015:
Several interesting visits were made; we ventured as far west as Black mountains to see the spectacular dam at Grwyne Fawr. To the east we had a really great day out at Leckampton Hill, picnicking amongst the Jurassic fossils. The Severn wetlands at Sedbury Cliffs provided a very interesting though rather soggy contrast to our more usual mountain locations .

Fossils -discussion meeting May 20
We had an interesting meeting with some nice fossils to discuss. Stars of the show were Fred and Ruths superb fish fossil and a large trilobite which Ray obtained from the Dudley area. Possible fossil finds to made on the next trip to Leckhampton were an added incentive to learn more.

Angidy Valley -April 15
Beautiful weather made this trip into an excellent outing. A car shunt allowed for 2 miles of 100% downhill walking alongside the Angidy. There was not a great deal of geology but lots of interesting industrial archaeology amid picturesque scenery ending up at the Abbey Mill coffee shop for a restorative brew.
There is a splendid Angidy Trail booklet you can get on-line at this link:

Clearwell Caves - Iron ore mining in the Forest of Dean -18th Feb

This was a little different from our usual trip being an exploration of the landscape 100 ft underground. The group found as much interest in the accounts of working conditions in these ancient mines , as in the geology of the site.