Cumbria GeoConservation Group (CGC) is a voluntary geological conservation group working to record and look after important geological sites. Membership comprises not only earth scientists and members of wildlife bodies, but also volunteers with other skills such as project management and data handling. New members are always welcome.

The Cumbria GeoConservation Group is an affiliated member of Geoconservation UK and seeks to:

  • identify new Local Geological Sites in Cumbria

  • monitor and review existing sites

  • promote the educational value of earth science field locations not only for essential teaching but for recreational and for research purposes

  • liaise with other county or regional Geoconservation groups in the UK

  • maintain responsible access to valued sites

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Tell us about interesting geological sites in Cumbria.

Photo by Peter Standing

See the Geological sites map and search by keywords to find different features.

Currently there are about 280 recorded sites all of which have been evaluated by our members. Site details are logged with Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre (CBDC) and are relayed to Cumbria County Council and planning authorities. CGC operates as a special interest group of Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

Examples of Local Geological Sites suitable for inclusion in the Cumbria GeoConservation system include:

  • rocks and soils exposed in quarries, cuttings, stream sections and coastal localities

  • geomorphological features in the landscape such as areas affected by past glaciation and subsequent deposition, ridges and valleys, moorland and floodplain tracts

  • anthropogenic features including former quarrying, mining, tipping and former industrial sites

Projects link

Read about some of our current and recent projects, including  what happened in Cumbria for Geoweek.

The sites we have listed and that are shown on the interactive map are ones that are accessible without seeking permission, are on Open Access land or visible from public rights of way.  By their very nature some of these sites are in remote areas, open fellside or tidally-flooded shores: wear appropriate clothing and use common sense – safety is your responsibility.

Follow the Countryside Code:

Follow the Geological Society guidance

Those sites which we consider are particularly interesting to the general public are  shown as green dots on the map and for some of these sites there is a choice between a non-technical ‘leaflet’ (downloadable as a pdf) with further details, a map and a photograph or a ‘site data sheet’ with more geological information for the amateur geologist.

Photo by Clive Boulter

Gallery, geological sites around Cumbria.

Post your wow photos of Cumbrian rocks to our Facebook page.

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 at 6:34pm
CBD getting ready to support 11 year old Orin's, Bioblitz at #NationalTrust Footprint building nr. Windermere #LakeDistrict. 4pm Saturday 13th - 4pm Sunday 14th. Lots of walks, talks and expert naturalists to learn from! Hope to see you there. @TullieHouse
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 at 1:04am
Whilst we are promoting biological recording and Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre locally Tom from @_ALERC_is busy doing likewise at the House of Commons. https://t.co/FhGZ8gV2jN
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 at 1:00am
@ALERC_NC @BiodiversityPs @_BCT_ Thank you for promoting LERCs nationally hopefully it will result in increased recognition locally. 😃🦋🐛🐝🐜🦀🦠🐞🐋🦇🦆🐾🌿🌳🐚🍄🦊
Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 6:14pm
Interesting article - the only record of the Cerambyx Cerdo in Cumbria was caught and put into the collection @TullieHouse in 1900 by FH Day. CBDC are interested to receive Grass snake records - most records are in the South Cumbria. https://t.co/WSGE814iX1