Field Trips

West Sussex Geological Society

Field Trip Programme for 2018 to October.

Sunday 9th September
Smokejacks Brickworks, Walliswood, Nr. Ockley, Surrey HGS fieldtrip organised by Kent Geologist's Group
Please contact Peter Austen at least 10 days before if attending (01323 899237, e-mail: with a contact phone number in case there’s any change of plan. This Weald Clay brickpit has yielded a number of important finds over the past three decades. In 1983 Bill Walker, an amateur collector, found a new theropod dinosaur, Baryonyx walkeri,

Sunday 16th September
Start location: 1030 Older Hill car park, Woolbeding, just south of Redford village. Grid Ref.: car park SU 86955 26093, near GU29 0QD but don’t turn right into farm
Use Older Hill to view Wealden Geology then walk from Older Hill to Fernhurst Furnace, through the geology (1.5 hours, 3 miles)
Time at Fernhurst Furnace Open Day – guided visit to best preserved Wealden Iron industry site and landscape – Heritage Open Day – displays of iron industry and archaeology, plus countryside stalls, food and drinks are available, re-enactors, etc
Walk back to Older Hill (1.5 hours, 3 miles)
From the Fernhurst Furnace website: “The remains of Fernhurst Furnace are some of the best preserved in the Sussex Weald. The iron industry flourished here in the 17th and 18th centuries using local ore, charcoal and water power. The untouched nature of the site and the rural surrounding belie the production of cast iron, tools and cannon which was effectively the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Even though there are many ‘hammer/furnace’ ponds throughout East and West Sussex, many people know little about the great historical and social importance of this bygone industry

Sunday, 7 October – Herstmonceux Science Centre – Alan Bell.
Visit the Observatory and science centre with an opportunity to see some of the historic telescopes. For a small charge there will be a minibus available for this trip. If you want to take advantage of this please meet in the carpark behind Worthing Library for a 10:00 am start. It is free car parking on Sundays. If you are travelling independently meet at the Science Centre between 11:15 and 11:30, again it is free parking. If you use a satnav set the device to Wartling Road rather than the postcode. The gift aid entry prices are £9.10 or £7.30 for seniors (over 60) but we may get a group rate depending on numbers. Also I will arrange a private telescope tour which will cost an additional £1 depending on numbers. There is a small café there but I suggest bringing a picnic lunch
There will be a charge for entry depending on numbers and a small additional charge for the guided tour.Details to follow.

Pease note that on all field trips we will collect one pound from WSGS members and two pounds from visitors to cover costs on the day (also covers Day Membership for our insurance) Note – more 2018 trips will be added as they are confirmed
John Lonergan
Field Trip Secretary
West Sussex Geological Society
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