Calton Hill. Photo: Angus Miller

Calton Hill is formed of basaltic lava and ash layers. The excursion will explore the geological features on Calton Hill and the geology of the local building stones and monuments. We will walk up to the top of the hill from Waterloo Place and back down to Regent Road.

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Excursion title:

Geology of Calton Hill and its surroundings

Date & time:

Wednesday 20 June 2018, 7 pm

Finish time:

 9 pm

Leader:

Richard Smith, Edinburgh Geological Society

Excursion aims and description:

Demonstrate the geological features on Calton Hill and the geology of the local building stones and monuments

Transport:

Own transport

Meeting point:

Foot of Calton Hill Steps

First locality:

Top of Calton Hill Steps [NT 261 741]

Excursion route:

Up past the monuments to the north side of the hill and back down to Regent Road and Waterloo Place

Terrain, walking distance, height gain:

Mainly on made paths but some steps, and grass slopes.

Walking up to 2 to 3 km, height gain up to 100 m

Specific or Medium- / High-Risk Hazards:

Take care crossing roads in the city. Watch out for steps, steep and grass slopes.

Control measures required to mitigate against any Hazards referred to above:

Wear stout walking boots or shoes

Hard hats or Hi-viz clothing needed?

Hi viz vests recommended

May dogs be brought on the excursion?

Not recommended

Toilet information:

In the city centre off Princes St

Geological map sheet:

BGS 1:50k Edinburgh Sheet 32E

OS map sheet:

1:50k Edinburgh Sheet 66

References:

Calton Hill Geological walk leaflet: Lothian and Borders RIGS Group