Large meltwater channel cutting into the Carboniferous bedrock of the Garleton Hills.
Photo courtesy of Emrys Phillips

This excursion to the Haddington, Traprain and Stenton areas aims to unravel the glacial history, where low, streamlined hills preserve the base of an “ice stream” of relatively fast flowing ice. We will examine this glacial landscape and discuss the factors which would have promoted fast ice flow, and the impact the rugged hills had on it. The final stop at Pressmennan Wood will explore the role played by glacial meltwater during deglaciation.

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Excursion title:

The Quaternary of East Lothian

Date & time:

26th June, 2019 9:00am

Finish time:

16:00

Leaders:

Prof Emrys Phillips

Excursion aims and description:

This excursion to the Haddington, Traprain and Stenton areas aims to unravel the glacial history, where low, streamlined hills preserve the base of an “ice stream” of relatively fast flowing ice. We will examine this glacial landscape and discuss the factors which would have promoted fast ice flow, and the impact the rugged hills had on it. The final stop at Pressmennan Wood will explore the role played by glacial meltwater during deglaciation.

Transport:

Minibus/private cars

Meeting point:

Waterloo Place 9am or Hopetoun monument car park [NT 499 763] at 10:00 am

Coach route: A1
Extra pick-up points: Milton Road

First locality:

Hopetoun monument Garleton Hills [NT 499 763], car park

Terrain, walking distance, height gain:

Maximum distance walking c. 3 km on footpaths and gravel tracks at well-known tourist locations at Hopetoun monument Garleton Hills [NT 499 763], Trapain Law [NT 582 749] and Pressmennan Wood near Stenton [NT 621 727]

Specific or Medium- / High-Risk Hazards:

Rough tourist paths on the Garleton Hills and Trapain Law, low risk of trips/slips; Poor Weather – low; Steep Ground – low;

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

Wear suitable outdoor clothing, carry rain and sun protection, bring a rucksack. If you use walking poles, please bring them.

Wear suitable stout footwear with good grip to protect feet and ankles; Take extra care near exposed edges of cliffs and rock scarps. Stay at least 2 metres back from cliff edges.

Hard hats or Hi-viz clothing needed:

No.

May dogs be brought on the excursion?

Yes, but must be kept on a lead and under control at all times as there may be livestock around.

Toilet information:

No public toilets at any of the stops. There will be a toilet stop at the start and finish of the trip at Pencraig toilets on the A199

Geological map sheet:

Sheets 33W and 33E

OS map sheet:

Landranger 66 & 67

References:

Lothian Geology – an Excursion Guide (Edinburgh Geological Society) Catcraig (p.133 – 139). Available on Earthwise.

East Lothian and the Borders – A landscape fashioned by geology (SNH/BGS) pdf available at:

https://www.nature.scot/landscape-fashioned-geology-east-lothian-and-borders