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Guided geology walks on the Northumberland coast

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Holy Island, The Heugh  © Gavin Duthie

Holy Island, The Heugh © Gavin Duthie

A series of geology walks is set to take place in coming months as part of the Seaside Rock series of geo-walks.

The first walk is entitled Fire and Ice – travelling to the edge of things and is on Holy Island on Saturday May 12.

Holy Island – a place of pilgrimage

Ian Kille, walk leader from Northumbrian Earth, said: “Holy Island is a place of pilgrimage partly because of its remote location, separated by tides from the mainland and next to the sea. This walk explores how this liminal landscape formed from the ancient rocks which create the grain of the landscape as well as looking at the elements which have sculpted the rocks to the form the landscape we see today.”

This walk starts at 2pm and lasts for two hours. It is about four km long and is free – no need to book, just turn up.

More information about his walk and the others in the series is available at www.ourcoastoursea.org.uk where there is also information about travelling by bus.

Iain Robson from the AONB Partnership said: “We are very pleased to offer these exciting opportunities to learn about the amazing geology to be found here on the Northumberland coast.  We are also working with Northumbrian Earth to produce a series of self-guided geology trails in the AONB, look out for these in the next couple of weeks.”

The walks are being organised by by the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership and Northumbrian Earth. There are four other walks in the Seaside Rock series:

2. Back to the Sea, Beadnell: Saturday June 9.

Meet at the beach exit to the main car park in Beadnell at 2.00pm for a two-hour walk of about 4km. Beadnell is unique on the East coast in having a harbour that faces west! Come and find out the influence that the geology has had on this as well as the relationship between Beadnell’s ancient history and its human heritage, whilst taking in views across its vast sandy beach to Dunstanburgh.

3. Ripples, Soft Centres and Tea: Howick to Boulmer: Tuesday July 10.

Meet at the small car park by Sea Houses Farm near Howick (GR NU 257174) at 2.00pm for a two-hour walk of about 4km.

This beautiful stretch of coast-line is marked by sandy bays separated by rocky headlands, and the rocks themselves have some fascinating intricate markings in them. Come and find out what these patterns tell us about the ancient past of this area and how these beautiful sandy bays came into existence… and be reminded of the greatest invention known to civilised gentle-folk!

4. Giant plants in a Steamy Bog: South of Spittal: Saturday August 11

Meet at the southern end of the promenade in Spittal at 2.00pm for a two-hour walk of about 4km.
Back in the good old days Spittal was as hot and as balmy as a resort by the Indian Ocean with vast rivers and massive swamps filled with giant tree ferns as well as beautiful shallow clear blue tropical seas filled with corals as well as other interesting beasts. Come and see the evidence for yourself in this journey into an incredible past.

5. Farenheit 2012? Bamburgh: Sunday September 9

Meet by the entrance to the main car park at 2.00pm for a two-hour walk of about 4km. This walk looks at the rocks which underlie the Castle at Bamburgh which form part of the Whin Sill. Explore the evidence which points to the molten origins of these rocks. When were these rocks formed and how hot were they when they arrived? What do they tell us about Bamburgh’s global position millions of years ago? Find answers to these questions and more as you explore Bamburgh’s hidden pre-history.

More information about these walks can be found at www.ourcoastoursea.org.uk

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