Ellen’s Glen. Photo: Al McGowan

This Local Geodiversity Site gives us the opportunity to look at some local Carboniferous geology (Lower Limestone Formation and W. Lothian Oil Shale Formation), and some aspects of the fluvial geomorphology of the Burdiehouse Burn. We will also consider the misfit nature of the present channel in relation to the valley, the local industrial archaeology and the historical built environment.

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Excursion title:

Ellen’s Glen

Date & time:

Wednesday 25 April 2018, 7 pm

Finish time:

9 pm

Leaders:

Al McGowan, Lothian & Borders GeoConservation

Excursion aims and description:

This Local Geodiversity Site gives us the opportunity to look at some local Carboniferous geology (Lower Limestone Formation and W. Lothian Oil Shale Formation), and some aspects of the fluvial geomorphology of the Burdiehouse Burn. We will also consider the misfit nature of the present channel in relation to the valley, the local industrial archaeology and the historical built environment.

Meeting point:

The party will meet at the first locality at the Moredun Woods gate on the corner of Ellen’s Glen Road and Gilmerton Road (A772) EH17 7QA.

Public transport by Lothian buses 3,8,29 to start of walk.

Excursion route:

The walk will follow the Burdiehouse Burn along paths from Moredun Woods to c0.8km south on good footpaths. Total walking distance c1.6km. Total ascent c75m.

Specific or Medium- / High-Risk Hazards:

none

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

none

Hard hats or Hi-viz clothing needed:

No

May dogs be brought on the excursion?

No

Toilet information:

Aldi store on Gilmerton Road.

Geological map sheet:

1:50k Sheet 32E

OS map sheet:

1:50k Sheet 66

References:

City of Edinburgh Local Nature Reserve entry https://www.edinburghoutdoors.org.uk/featureDetails.php?id=15%22

Mitchell, G.H.; Mykura, W.; Tulloch, W.; Knox, J. 1962. The geology of the neighbourhood of Edinburgh (Explanation of sheet 32) (Third Edition) (reprinted 1980).
http://pubs.bgs.ac.uk/publications.html?pubID=B01944