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Field trip to the Lleyn Peninsula

A new academic year and a new round of geology field trips.

This time the plan was to visit the Lleyn Peninsula to fill in some gaps in the information collected so far for the geology field guide that G and his students are writing. We set off early, picking up one of the young students en route and arrived in the car park in Aberdaron in good time.

The turnout was small, just three others besides G and I, but we had a really good day.

It didn't start off all that promising. The first thing we saw as we left the car park was this heron sitting disconsolately in the rain on the roof of the Post Office. People were passing by and it seemed quite unconcerned.

Herons are not normally this tame!


Looking in the other direction, this is Aberdaron in the rain...

Aberdaron in the rain

Donning our waterproof coats and trousers, we toddled off to the beach.

Aberdaron beach

This beach has some really beautiful rocks. We kept stopping every few yards to admire and photograph them. These rocks weren't particularly beautiful, but I wanted something to add interest to the foreground. :)

If you look carefully, you will see a tiny patch of blue in the sky. The weather forecast had predicted that it would stop raining at 10.00 am -- and indeed it did!

By the time we had finished exploring the beach and driven to the next location, the weather was lovely and the waterproofs had to be packed away again.

The Lleyn Peninsula is almost magical. There are bays and cliffs and quaint little villages, just the sort of area that could feature in a old fashioned children's story in which kids have adventures and foil a dastardly plot or catch smugglers.

Curious cattle

Rusty steam engine

These remains of a steam engine were by a manganese mine that used to provide manganese for steel production. During WWII, it was used in all the steel produced in the UK. The mine was worked up until the 1950s, but now is completely overgrown and little remains to be seen on the surface.

We then set off up another small hill to look at the gabbro outcropping on the summit. At this point, the sky went grey and there was another shower, but thankfully it passed over quickly. (See previous post for photo.)

From the hilltop, we wended our way along the cliff-top coastal footpath to a point where a zigzag set of steps led down to the beach and more interesting rocks. This waterfall plunged over the cliffs, falling almost directly onto the beach.

Waterfall on the Lleyn coast
Tags: field work, geology

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