Siccar Point Field Excursion Preview
There are several specific safety issues arising on
the Siccar Point excursion:
Old Cambus Quarry is a vegetable distribution
centre. Please be aware of Heavy goods vehicles. Follow the road to
the left of the warehouse and do not cross the yard between stacks
of turnip crates.
When you emerge in the field beyond the warehouse
complex, please follow the fence until you reach the gate near the far
wall. Please do not climb the fence!
At Siccar Point there is a steep grassy slope
descending about 25m from the cliff-top to the shore-line. The path is
usually a little muddy. The descent is not considered dangerous as the
slope is concave-up and a stumble would not lead to a precipitous fall.
However, some students may experience mild vertigo and may elect to
wait at the cliff
Please do not stand on rocks adjacent to the
sea if there are waves breaking. Case history: a few years ago an
extra-large wave washed three students off the rocks on the Mull field
excursion. They were lucky to be able to scramble ashore. One was injured
and had to go home.
Large boulders covered in dark green or black
algal slime are extremely slippery and should be avoided. Case history:
on the 1995 Pease Bay excursion a student slipped on a damp, slimy rock
and suffered a broken ankle.