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Hopeman: Fossil dunes and trackways

Sat, 15 June 2024 @ 10:00


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An opportunity to examine features of the late Permian Hopeman Sandstone Formation, including fossilised dunes and animal trackways, with local geologist Dave Longstaff.

During this full-day event with Elgin Museum, you’ll examine the features of the late Permian Hopeman Sandstone Formation.

Starting at the beach huts, we will see relicts of aeolian barchan and possible star dunes before examining a stretch of coastline that shows small faults, a range of soft sediment deformation features, fluvial and lacustrine sandstones, abandoned millstones and quarries, trace fossils and other sedimentary features.

After lunch in Cove Bay (NJ 1594 7011) around low tide of 13:33, we will look at a well-studied fault zone and post-glacial caves. We will then go to Clashach Quarry to examine fossilised reptile footprints and glacial features before descending to the coast via a short path to visit an old sandstone quarry (1781), the old Clashach port, Jock Muldoon’s Cave and see some beautifully displayed sandstone cross-bedding and relicts of quarrying.

When the excursion finishes, we will return to the beach huts via the coastal path; the expected time back at cars is 16:00-16:30.


Event Details

Sat, 15 June 2024
£6.00 – £9.00
3 miles miles / 4.8 km
Moderate (info)
Dave Longstaff
Sorry, dogs are not allowed
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Moderate level due to the some of the steep coastal path taken.

Packed lunch and other snacks to eat in the field, plus drinking water.

Layered clothing appropriate for variable weather conditions includes waterproof outerwear, hat and gloves, plus a sun hat if appropriate, stout boots, walking pole(s) if normally used, whistle, and sunscreen.

A hand lens, binoculars, camera if you have one.


Elgin Museum (The Moray Society)
01343 543675
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Venue / Start

Hopeman Beach Huts
Hopeman East Beach huts
Hopeman,IV30 5RXUnited Kingdom

+ Google Map

On entering Hopeman on the B9040, turn down Harbour Street towards the East Beach site, which is signposted. At Hopeman Harbour, turn right along Beach Terrace and follow the road between the playing field and the sea for about 400m to NJ 1501 6985; park at the furthest car park if possible