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Northumbrian Earth
The Old Reading Room
NE71 6XE

T: 01668 216066


The Forces of Nature; Craster to Dunstanburgh

From August 01 2017 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm

Tuesday 1st August: Meet at 14:00 by the Tourist Information Centre at the entrance to the car park in Craster NU 256 198

Please be warned that parking can be difficult at this time of year, and if you are driving it is worth arriving in plenty of time. There is also an excellent bus service which makes for a more relxed way of getting to Craster (and you get a great view from the top deck!).

This section of the coast provides some of the most extensive exposures of the Whin Sill, where the surface of the sill slopes down to the sea along a curve of coastline which leads to the romantic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, yet another historic piece of military hardware which has exploited the Whin Sill's tendancy to form high ground.  This walk winds out over the whin heughs to the castle giving an opportunity to explore not only the igneous origins of the sill and what it can tell us, but also to examine the relationship between these heughs and the rare whin-grassland habitat.

We will also have a look at Greymare rocks, an unusual wave shaped formation which tells a story of the enormous forces which have operated to fold and tear the rocks here. 

The walk is run as part of the Northumberland Coast AONB series of geo-diversity walks. Just turn up. A donation will be asked for to cover the costs of the walk, an amount of £10 is recommended, however Northumbrian Earth would like to make these walks accessible to all, so a donation will be asked of  whatever you can afford and/or you think the walk is worth.

This walk will be approximately 4km, there will be some scrambling across rocks which will be slippery if wet.

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    This project, which was completed during 2015 organised by the Howick Heritage Group and supported with HLF funding, delivered a book, some educational work with a local first and middle school and a series of walks and talks. In this section of geo-diversity resources you can have a look at the presentation given for the walks and talks as well as much of the material which was used in the educational work including lesson plans, activities and exercises.  There is also a handy guide to fossils to be found on the beach at Seahouses (and elsewhere on the coast).


  • "Ian Kille is an absolute authority on the geology of Northumberland. His knowledge is unmatched, his presentation is perfect and his enthusiasm is unbridled. Ian has lead a series of walks for us along the Northumberland Coast AONB over the last two years and every walk has been immensely enjoyable, thoroughly entertaining and incredibly educational. He is able to explain complex geological sequences across enormous timescales to young and old alike and has piqued a geological interest in many that has kept the audience coming back for all of his walks."

    Jessica Turner
    Historic and Built Environment Officer
    Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership


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