Castleton Geology Walk
This walk will take you on a tour of the Carboniferous Limestone, through to the Edale Shales and Millstone Grit, ranging from marine shales through to deltaic deposits. We will also get up close to the well–studied landslip of Mam Tor.
We will look at outcrops of limestones which are hosts to hydrothermal mineral deposits, containing a unique variety of fluorspar called Blue John and also get to smell some oil on the top of Windy Knoll!
This walk is ideal for anyone with an interest in geoscience, geology and physical geography and wanting to expand their knowledge and understanding of the geology of the Peak District. No prior knowledge is needed!
- Enhanced knowledge of identifying shale, limestone (and some of the fossils) and gritstone with its sedimentary features
- Learn about the environments in which the rocks were deposited and where the sediments came from.
- Understand how palaeo-maps can be constructed and their uses.
- Understand how the landscape that we see today was formed (and is still changing).
- Find some oil and be introduced to the petroleum geology system here and how it is used as an analogy for the North Sea oil and gas fields.