Publications & Interpretation
Two full colour field guides have been published by the Group to promote an insight and appreciation of Lancashire’s geology and scenery.
The White Coppice Trail Guide
This twenty-page guide explores the geological features visible along Dean Brook at White Coppice, Chorley. It will be of interest to anyone wishing to find out more about the gritstone rocks, lead mining and quarrying of this exquisite part of the West Pennines Moors.
White Coppice Geology Trail
The geological setting
Location 1 – White Coppice
Location 2 – Black Coppice Quarry
Location 3 – Dean Brook 1
Location 4 – Dean Brook 2
Location 5 – Dean Brook 3
Location 6 – Drinkwaters Farm
Location 7 – White Coppice Quarry
The Hodder Valley Field Guide
This guide explores a number of sites in the upper Hodder catchment which demonstrate the present-day and historical processes have shaped this river valley and channel. Aimed more towards geography and environmental science students, it draws on numerous research projects that have been conducted in the area over the past 20 years, presenting the results of these in language that is accessible to a non-specialist. Many maps, diagrams and photographs.
Introduction – The evolution of the Bowland Landscape
Location 1 – Chipping Vale
Location 2 – Langden Brook
Location 3 – Little Hareden Fan
Location 4 – Burholme Bridge river terraces
Location 5 – Lower Hodder Bridge
Location 6 – The River Loud
References and further reading
Short Landscape Guides
Jumbles Country Park Landscape Trail Guide
Jumbles Country Park is located in the West Pennine Moors on the Boundary between Bolton and Blackburn. It centres on Jumbles Reservoir where there is a car park, visitor centre, and cafe plus excellent trails which link to the footpath network outside the park.
The trail has been designed as a circular walk of about 4.5 miles but two of the locations may be reached by car and the other two are only a short walk from the car park. There are directions for people who want to walk the circuit but you should bring your own map as well.
Location 1 – Jumbles Quarry, with its impressive fossilised tree.*
Location 2 – Jumbles Brook – walk along an earthquake!
Location 3 – Walves Reservoir – where an icesheet poured out meltwater
Location 4 – Affetside: a magnificent viewpoint from which to see the geology and landscape laid out all around you.
*No footpath yet through the woods: great care needed.
Clougha, Crook o’ Lune and the Conder valley
Located east and southeast of Lancaster, the guide explains how meltwater from the last icesheet shape the landscape as it poured down the Lune valley.
Although it is possible to reach three of the locations by car, at two of them parking is restricted and the lanes are narrow. Cycling is the best way to get around but you will have to walk uphill for half a mile to the Clougha channels.
Location 1 – Clougha Pike meltwater channels
Location 2 – Little Cragg – more channels and frost-shattered rocks
Location 3 – Crooke o’ Lune and Quernmore Park
Location 4 – The Conder valley
Beacon Fell Country Park
Beacon Fell with its visitor centre and cafe is probably the most popular country park in Lancashire. But it’s very existence is down to the rocks which it is made off – to the way that they have been folded to bring the tough Pendle Grit stone to the surface. This has resisted erosion compared to the surrounding Bowland Shales so they have been worn away leaving our upstanding beacon!
Being well away from other high ground except to the north means that visitors well often have extensive views – to Snowdonia in the south-west and the Lakeland peaks across the Lancashire Plain. This little guide will tell you not only about the rocks right under your feet but how the wider landscape evolved. 400 million years in the making but worth every one of them. And free…
Winter Hill and Smithills Moor
We have also produced a number of interpretation boards in collaboration with local graphics designer, Chris Beaton of Gaia Graphics. These excellent teaching aids explore the geology and landforms of a variety of sites and may be purchased as posters.
Field Guides – £3.00
Short Landscape Guides – 50p
Geology & Landscapes of Lancashire – £5.00
All prices include postage and packing. Orders should be made to the Group secretary. (Cheques should be made payable to ‘Lancashire RIGS Group’.) Go to ‘Contacts’ for the address to order.