Field Meetings

Travel is by members’ cars or possibly a minibus if the numbers are sufficient, with costs shared between members at a standard rate. When a visit requires specific equipment – for instance hard hats, torches, wellingtons, high visibility jackets – you will be notified in advance.
Booking lists for the forthcoming field meetings are displayed at each lecture, but please contact David if you miss a lecture and want to know the details or book a place.
If you have suggestions for visits or would like to lead one, David would be delighted to hear from you. David Ward - 01344 483563
Use this button to send David an email. Field Meetings Secretary

Safety on field meetings is taken very seriously. Should you be unsure about either the risks involved or your ability to participate, you must seek advice from the leader. Please make sure you understand the risk assessment offered by the leader of the meeting and that you have the safety equipment specified. You must declare, at the time of booking, any disabilities or medical conditions that may affect your ability to safely attend this field meeting. In order to ensure the safety of all participants, the RGS reserves the right to limit or refuse attendance at field meetings. Minors must be accompanied by a parent, or another adult who accepts responsibility for the minor.


Sunday 5 May 2019

Bowsey Hill, Henley

RGS contribution to Geoweek
Leader: David Ward, RGS


This field visit will walk across rocks from the Cretaceous up to the Pleistocene, the last 55 million years! We will examine each rock as we cross it and will consider the conditions under which each was laid down. This ranges from the deep sea through estuaries and rivers with both hot and very cold periods. We will have great views across the local scenery and will discuss the effect of the underlying rocks on the views we see. There is some industrial archaeology to consider and we will be able to relate it to the local geology.
Starting in Penny Lane, we will walk to Crazies Hill, up Rebecca’s Lane to Holly Cross, then on to the “summit” After examining the deposits there, we will descend through Bottom Boles Wood, past Maple Croft and finally return down Penny’s Lane.
The distance to be walked is 4 miles and we will carry lunch with us. We intend this meeting to be highly interactive, so please come along with your questions and specimens.
Equipment: Walking boots & wet weather gear, hand lenses, cameras, lunch and notebooks.
Terrain: Uneven surfaces/public footpaths

Travel will be by cars and passengers will pay £2.00
Parking is at a premium, so please share cars as far as possible.

Use this button to contact the Field Meetings Secretary if your wish to sign up or require more information.


Programme 2019

The programme for 2019 as currently proposed is also available as a pdf document.

Other programmes

Previous years programmes and other programme information can be found on the About us page.